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Facebook Starts Testing Group Voice Calls To Desktop Messenger

By Monica U Santos , Dec 19, 2016 04:20 AM EST

Just earlier this month, Facebook updated its Messenger mobile app to support group calls and to add more colors into the camera app. Now, a new announcement has been said that Facebook starts testing group voice calls to the desktop messenger.

Facebook Starts Testing Group Voice Calls To Desktop Messenger

According to Hot Hardware, Facebook has begun testing the group calling waters with its desktop Messenger application. Group chats are nothing new on Facebook, but they do have limited use when you can't talk to the users in the group, so as to expedite the conversation.

However, the group calling feature isn't being made available to everyone around the world, but it does seem like the roll out is quite wide. If you've ever had a group chat conversation, you can simply go back to it and see if you have an icon up at the top to allow you to start a group call.

To start a call, as mentioned by the Tech Portal, all you need to do is hit the phone icon that you can see on your screen and prepare to choose who all from the said group do you want to invite for conversation. Once you’ve selected the members you want to converse with, then you can click ‘Invite’ and a request will be sent to these members to join the call.

Start Of The Facebook Audio Call

Facebook first started offering audio calling on desktop back in 2013, but now it’s making VoIP more social, as reported by Tech Crunch. Group chat has come into the spotlight lately thanks to the rise of social network and technology. We profiled this group video chat app from the makers of Meerkat last month, calling it the place where teens “livechill” instead of having to give exhausting solo performances on broadcasting services like Facebook Live.

This feature addition to the desktop now pits Facebook against the likes of Skype and Hangouts — which even though more robust require you to add the person to your contacts via username or email ids. Here you just need to be Facebook friends. With this addition to the desktop platform, the social media giant is looking to end the monopoly of these messaging clients by moving past text, images, videos (rich media). Now, the only thing missing from the platform, which will definitely kill every competitor in a single blow is — group video calling.

 

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