Facebook Messenger is the app used by Millions of the users. It recently added “instant video” option to the existing text chat. With this additional feature, the conversation can include the richer communication experience. Tap the icon at the top corner on the right side to activate this service.
Facebook feels “sometimes you just need to see something, not hear it,” and hence the audio is off by default to avoid the background disturbances.
When you are chatting with your friend, and eventually you would like to show the environment around you, without the audio playing in the background, this feature helps you and you can also share the video back to your friends. This service is different from the regular video calling. This instant video feature is available only inside the Messenger app, and hoping that it might be available for group chats one day.
Facebook Messenger currently covers over 1 billion active user’s monthly. Since videos are the growth drivers, the instant video seems to be a useful addition. The instant video feature will be available for both iOS and also for the Android users who have an updated Messenger app on their Smartphone’s.
Similarly to the Snapchat, the video supports only when both the conversations should be kept open in the app. The Facebook Messenger has many additional qualities when compare to Snapchat.
“Video calling is still relatively new, and until recently, reserved for special occasions,” the company said in a blog post. “Instant video is a reflection of the ubiquity of video — we simply expect to have that ability in real-time, all the time.”