Facebook released the Messenger app for mobile devices back in August, 2011, and since then has been busy improving it with new features. In the beginning, many didn’t understand why Facebook came up with a product that was basically identical to WhatsApp, which it owns; but the number of users has now reached more than 600 million users, proving that there are plenty out there who will use both services.
And now Facebook is releasing the video calling feature for its Messenger app, a few weeks after WhatsApp has completed the roll-out to iPhone and Android users. Thus, Facebook wants to make sure that it is covering a huge audience, both with its WhatsApp app and with Facebook Messenger. Recently, the Messenger app has also been improved with the option to send money to friends, which makes it even more versatile.
After you will make the jump to the newest version of Facebook Messenger, you will be able to quickly start a video call from any conversation with just one tap. There’s now going to be video icon in the top right corner of the screen which will allow you to start a video call right from within an existing Messenger conversation. Of course, this feature is cross-platform, so you will be able to make video calls from your iPhone to someone who has an Android device or the other way around.
It seems that Facebook is allocating a lot of resources into its Messenger app, and recently the social media behemoth has introduced a platform for developers to easily create apps that integrate with Messenger. Also, with Businesses on Messenger, Facebook wants to improve the interactions between people and businesses. With already so many things that it can do, I wonder what’s next for Facebook Messenger.