Facebook has in the last few months taken many steps to establish its messaging application, Messenger, as not just an application but a whole new platform of its own that won’t be useful to its over 600 million individual users but businesses as well. As it works to make that happen, it was only a matter of time before video calling was introduced. Facebook is now rolling out video calling feature on Messenger to users of its Android and iOS applications.
Starting video calls is as easy as tapping the video icon on the Messenger app. Video calls are cross-platform so it will be possible to call your friend using an iPhone 6 (iOS) from your Galaxy S6 (Android) and vice-versa. Sadly we have no news on when the feature is set to make an appearance on Windows Phone.
Facebook’s Messenger joins the likes of Microsoft’s Skype and Google’s Hangouts in offering video calls though Messenger is strictly doing so on mobile at the moment. It has for long allowed users to make voice calls something Facebook’s other property, Whatsapp started doing last month.
Video calling will be available in Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay immediately while other regions will follow in coming months.