California: Facebook announced a group calling feature for its Messenger app, letting dial up to 50 friends simultaneously over the internet.
According to Facebook Messenger Chief the feature is coming to iOS and Android over the next 24 hours and it should show up as a phone icon in group chats.
To be clear, this is not a video chatting feature, as Messenger still limits that feature to one on one conversations.
From there, users can add new participants to the call.
With the latest version of the Messenger app, it’s just a matter of tapping the phone icon while users are inside a group chat. Once users done this, Facebook will give a secondary screen to manage the people on the call.
Messenger, with more than 900 million monthly active users, is fast becoming one of Facebook’s most fruitful products ever.
All of these functions are designed to keep people coming back to Messenger for more than just chatting with friends over text, and they can be thought of as standalone apps living inside the social network’s ecosystem.
With group calling, Messenger is even more powerful, yet it still can’t yet compete with Google Hangouts or Skype for video calls. It’s only a matter of time before Facebook adds that capability to level the field even further.