Facebook Enabled Group Calling with Up to 50 Participants via Messenger
Since the F8 developer conference last week, changes and updates in Messenger have been coming think and fast. From the launch of the Messenger Bot Store that will enable businesses to build their own automated response bots through Messenger, the combination with Dropbox to facilitate file sharing, to the integration with KLM for flight updates, updates do not seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Now, Facebook has announced in a post that group calls are now available globally but it is for voice calls only. How it works is thoroughly explained in the post by David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging Products, in his post:
“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.
If you have the latest version of Messenger, you should see the phone icon appear in group conversations within the next 24 hours. Give it a try, and as always, let us know how we can make it even better for you!”
As explained in the post, it is a fairly easy process. But in my opinion, if you add 50 participants, there might be a connection problem because you will be talking to 50 people at once and it will take more bandwidth from your internet data plan.
This update is for voice calls only but you can expect to have group video chats soon too. If that happens, maybe I will not use Skype as much as I use now. And I think everyone will feel the same way. So, now Facebook is not just competing with Twitter, Youtube and Snapchat, it is also rivalling Skype.