The Meta Messenger app is introducing a dedicated tab for audio and video calls in the function bar at the bottom of Facebook. According to the information, the new tab will appear with ‘Chats’, ‘Stories’ and ‘People’ and the user’s contact list with separate buttons for voice and video calls. It’s a small change, but perhaps a step towards making Messenger more like a messaging and calling app in the style of WhatsApp.
Calling feature will be available in Facebook Messenger
The report said that before the change, users had to open a separate chat thread with a friend to make a call. The new features allow users to dial friends directly and can also serve as an introduction for those who are less familiar with Messenger’s calling features.
Calling Enhancements on FB Messenger
According to Meta, there has been a 40% increase in audio and video calling on Messenger since the beginning of 2020. It expanded the features available for its encrypted messaging earlier this year, adding responses, stickers, message-specific replies and forwarding.
The company plans to eventually default to end-to-end encryption for Facebook and Instagram in 2023. It has added several AR effects to its video calls, allowing users to experiment with filters, masks and animations. As far as free messaging apps go, Messenger has a long list of competitors, including Google Voice, Viber, Signal and WhatsApp, which Meta bought in 2014.