Facebook finally unveiled group-calling feature for its Messenger app, which has 900 million monthly active users. Messenger has been adding new features to make profits and is becoming one of the most successful products of Facebook.
According to David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging products at Facebook, the global roll out of new group-calling feature on Wednesday is for all IOS and Android powered devices. Users with the latest update of Messenger will now be able to start a group VoIP (Voice over Internet protocol) audio call from any group.
“Really excited to announce the global roll out of group calling in Messenger today. From any group conversations, just tap on the phone icon to initiate a group call. You can then manage individual participants on the next screen,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Facebook launched its one-on-one calls through Messenger in early 2014. Now, the group-calling can be started by just tapping on phone icon in a group chat users can add participants to group call. Once added to the call, the app rings each participant simultaneously and connects them as they respond on messenger. Currently the limit of participants is 50 as per the recent update.
In recent past Messenger added artificial intelligence-powered dots. Messenger has now coming up with this core communication feature before Snapchat and it is definitely a first step to success after being delayed in launching several updates like QR codes and internal camera.
Although Facebook has been working on group video-chatting feature, it is still restricted to one-on-one conversations. However, the feature is expected to launch in the near future. However, dynamic Muting and quieting of background noise of inactive people on the call must be one of the cool features to be launched by the Messenger.
Growing by 31% through the first 10 months of the year 2015 to 96.4 million average unique users, Messenger became the fastest successful app in United States. Messenger makes it easy to block someone’s calls. The credit goes to the Facebook spam recognition systems, as it is becoming hard for anyone to create account just to spam or harass.
As a messaging platform Facebook is being popular replacing the SMS and it is now going to serve better than Skype and Google’s Hangouts. New group-calling feature is letting you communicate to a group of people whose contact numbers are not saved. Soon Messenger will be the only app for the user needs to open.