Facebook to add voice and video calling feature to main app

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The American social media giant, Facebook will now let users make voice and video calls from the main app on a trial basis, aiming to make it easier to place calls without opening its standalone Messenger app.

The features are currently part of the standalone Messenger app, which Facebook originally spun out of its main app in 2011 and officially removed in 2014.

The social media giant has been trying to tie together messaging across its suite of apps and first enabled it between Instagram and Messenger last year. The move allowed users of each service to find, message, and hold video calls with contacts on the other without needing to download both apps. Facebook is also planning to enable the same feature between Messenger and WhatsApp.

Earlier, to make video and voice call on Facebook, users had to exit the main app and move to the Messenger app. However, now Facebook had brought back the feature to its main app. Users in countries like the US can now make video and voice calls directly from the main Facebook app.

According to media reports, Facebook’s move will eliminate the need to switch between the Facebook app and Messenger to use the voice and video calling feature. Further, it states that the social media giant is planning to add a limited version of Messenger to the main app.

However, a Facebook spokesperson last day stated that to enjoy a full-featured messaging, audio and video call experience, people should continue using Messenger.

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