Facebook s Messenger app went on from being just a normal messaging app to a whole lot more. With bots, games, secret conversation , 3D touch support, Facebook s Messenger app is on a road to incorporating everything possible that you can do with a messaging app. Now Messenger has come up with a new feature called Instant Video , which again seems to have been inspired from Snapchat. While Facebook has started rolling out the feature for iOS and Android users, it is not available in India yet. Also Read - Opera for Chromebooks is the world's first alternative browser optimised for Chrome OSAlso Read - 10 most downloaded mobile apps in 2021 so far: TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, more
So here s how the feature works. When you re having a conversation with someone on Messenger, you can send a live feed by tapping on the video icon which is placed on the top right corner of the chat screen. The audio in the live feed is set to off by default, but you can turn it on if you like. The audio option being an important one now, as both Instagram and Snapchat have the feature enabled. As you begin the live feed, the video will float over the active chat conversation and you can view the live feed and chat at the same time.
Video calling as a feature was the talk of the town with Skype revolutionizing it. And soon many other apps came forward like FaceTime, Viber, imo, and even Snapchat. Facebook, with Instant Video aims to bring another side of video calling and making the best out of it as it says on their official blog post, Instant Video is a reflection of the ubiquity of video we simply expect to have that ability in real-time, all the time. With Instant Video, you can bring your conversations to life in the most authentic way seamlessly and instantly. Instant Video is for quick conversations like asking a friend s opinion on a pair of shoes you want to buy or what ice-cream flavor they should bring home. The feature looks pretty exciting and promising enough to make real-time conversations even livelier. Hopefully the feature will hit the Android and iOS devices soon enough.
Talking about competition, Facebook has had a lot of works going on to become the messaging app. With its aim to take on Snapchat, Facebook Messenger recently rolled out its secret conversation feature. The Secret Conversation feature allows users to send messages and put a timer on them for it to self-destruct. ALSO READ: Facebook to soon allow users to trigger Safety Check themselves during emergencies
Another feature that was integrated in Facebook Messenger was Instant Articles. Now, you can open links and view the articles within the app itself. Before, the link would open up on another browser, but with Instant Articles, which can be accessed selecting the lightning bolt icon on the top-right corner of the links; one can read it on the go. Facebook also claims that Instant Articles will load articles 10 times faster than loading it on a browser. ALSO READ: WhatsApp will now share your information with Facebook, here s how you can opt out