Meta’s Messenger software has grown in popularity as a free means to conduct voice and video chats. The call button will now be (somewhat) easier to discover thanks to a new design update. The function bar at the bottom of the app will now have a separate option for audio and video conversations. The new tab, which will display under “Chats,” “Stories,” and “People,” will provide a list of the user’s contacts as well as specific voice and video call choices. It is a little change, but it is most likely an attempt to make Messenger more similar to WhatsApp in terms of talking and calling.
To call a friend before the update, users had to establish a separate chat thread with them. The new feature allows users to call friends directly and may act as an introduction to Messenger’s calling functions for those who are unfamiliar with them.
Since early 2020, voice and video calling on Messenger has climbed by 40%, according to Meta. Earlier this year, the business added emotions, stickers, message-specific answers, and forwarding to its encrypted messaging platform. In 2023, Meta hopes to make end-to-end encryption the default for Facebook and Instagram. It has introduced several augmented reality (AR) features to its video conversations, allowing users to play with filters, masks, and animations.
Messenger competes with a vast variety of free chat applications, including Google Voice, Viber, Signal, and WhatsApp, which Meta purchased in 2014. While focusing on the audio and video features does not help Messenger stand out from the throng, it is one of the few significant applications in this crowded industry that does not require a phone number to use, aside from FaceTime.
There will now be a distinct option for Calls in the function bar at the bottom of the app. While this is a tiny change, it is an attempt to make it easier for individuals to use Messenger to make calls. Along with Chats, Stories, and People, the new tab will include a list of the user’s contacts, as well as individual voice and video call choices.
According to Meta, the decision to put calling on the Messenger app’s homepage came as a result of a considerable spike in audio and video calls made through another user’s chat window. It observed that there are 40 per cent more daily callers now than there were in early 2020 when the Covid-19 outbreak forced many people to work from home and have meetings through video and audio. Every day, Messenger users make more than 300 million voice and video calls across the world.
With a new update, users will be able to access the new Calls tab; however, not everyone will notice the difference right once. Emotions, stickers, message-specific replies, and forwarding were introduced to the company’s encrypted messaging platform earlier this year.