Facebook trials VoIP in Messenger App
8 January 2013
Facebook is currently testing VoIP and voice messaging features for its Messenger app. The social networking giant revealed that its Messenger app can now be used to make voice calls in Canada for free.
The VoIP service is currently rolling out only to Canadian iPhone users, but if the tests go well, this feature could roll out on Facebook Messenger for Android users as well.
While Facebook users in Canada will be able to have a real-time conversation, users across the world will have a new feature in the Messenger app wherein they will be able to record short voice messages to send to their friends list.
Facebook tweaked its Messenger for Android to embrace users that weren't a part of the social networking site. Armed with only a phone number and a name, anyone can use Facebook Messenger to contact friends both on and off Facebook using the Messenger App.
Adding a call and voice message function is one of the many changes Facebook seems to be incorporating in their apps. Besides opening up Android Messenger to all, Facebook has also launched Poke, a self-destructing message app.
Using Poke, Facebook users can send messages and images and set a time after which the message will automatically be destroyed. Only open to iOS users yet, Poke can send out messages to multiple users at the same time.
Facebook has also been in talks with Orange to introduce a group calling feature using VoIP called ‘Party Call.’ The feature, similar to Orange’s own Libon App, will route calls via through Orange’s network to make group calls without needing phone numbers.
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