Aside from text messaging, the fastest way to convey a message is through Facebook messenger. When the video calling on Facebook messenger was first introduced, a lot of mobile users were into it. And just recently, Facebook has announced a new update to its Facebook Messenger app that adds support for free video calls for the US and 17 other countries.
It’s seems Facebook Messenger could be a competitor in the VoIP video market to apps such as Skype and Viber, among others, with its new useful feature.
Facebook officially states:
You can quickly start a video call from any conversation with just one tap. If you’re messaging with someone and realize that words just aren’t enough, you can simply choose the video icon in the top right corner of the screen and start a video call right from within an existing Messenger conversation.
Video calling in Messenger is available for calls made from a mobile phone to another mobile phone, even if one person is on iOS and the other person is on an Android device.
Aside from the US, the video calling feature for Messenger is now live in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, and Uruguay. Soon enough, there’ll be more countries and territories to be added to the list in the next few weeks and months.
This is interesting news to those who aren’t on iOS with so many iOS-lover friends. They don’t use Skype, but they sure use Facebook for sending messages. This gives those users added ability to “see” them a little more often.
But my main concern about Facebook app being a battery guzzler gives me doubt to use it. Mainly because, it even sucks the battery juice while it’s on standby mode. And for this matter, this calls a little help from a tiny gadget called USB portable charger. In this way, you can make Facebook video calls minus the worry of getting interrupted due to having drained battery.