Facebook is betting big on its Messenger application and after a series of announcements of applications at F8 which will be using Messenger as a Platform, Facebook has decided to add a new feature to the application. Taking on global competitors like Google Hangouts and Skype, Facebook Messenger now gives the users the ability to video call from the application with their friends. You can initiate the video call right from within the chat window itself without having to exit or start a new conversation or process over again.
Facebook commented on the feature saying:
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.
The feature so far has rolled out only in 18 countries which includes the likes of Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, Uruguay alongside the United States. As you must have noticed, India is missing from the list as of now, though Facebook has promised that more countries will get the feature soon.