Facebook is rolling out a free video calling service on its Messenger app for iOS and Android. The feature lets users video chat over cellular connections or Wi-Fi, and takes on services like Skype, Google Hangouts and Apple s FaceTime among others. The feature however has only been rolled out in select countries, and India is not one of them. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
Alongside the phone icon seen at the top of the chat window, there will now be a video camera button as well. Clicking on it will start a call, and users will be able to switch cameras, or turn it off completely as well. As per the company, the feature is built to work even when the connectivity is not the best.
The video calling is introduced on the back of several new features being introduced on the messaging platform. Earlier this month, Facebook launched a desktop version of Messenger, as well as a Truecaller-like dialer for its Android app called Hello. Messenger now boasts over 600 million active users, and in order for the platform to grow, Facebook has opened it to third-party app developers, and also introduced a feature that lets users send money to friends via the app.
Video calling on Messenger has currently being rolled out in select markets including US, UK, France, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, and Uruguay. Other countries will be getting this feature in the coming months.