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Facebook’s Instant Video – Messenger’s Alternative for Text Chats

Facebook’s Instant Video feature has just been rolled out and it should bring your conversations “to life”. The social media giant ha recently announced that a new tool designed to help users personalize their chats. And Facebook takes on a new approach to doing so.

Facebook’s Instant Video – Messenger’s Alternative for Text Chats

You could say Facebook got inspired by Google Duo or Snapchat. It wouldn’t be the first time Zuckerberg’s team rolls out a feature greatly resembling other apps. But we’re not complaining – any new tool designed for the user’s best interest is welcomed.

“We know that every message is unique and personal to you and the person you’re chatting with — so today, we’re excited to launch Instant Video, letting you to put a smile on the faces of those people who matter most in your life,” recently announced Facebook.

Not that many people are using video calling, but that may soon change. As Messengers rolls out this new feature, we might see a big change in the way we chat. Because no text will beat the possibility to see the reaction on one’s face.

“Instant Video is a reflection of the ubiquity of video — we simply expect to have that ability in real-time, all the time. With Instant Video, you can bring your conversations to life in the most authentic way — seamlessly and instantly,” further adds the Facebook Newsroom team.

How Does Facebook’s Instant Video Work?

Instant Video works with the latest version of Facebook Messenger. Both the sender and the person receiving the video most have the upgraded app. Both Android and iOS users can take advantage of the new functionality.

To start the real-time video, users must tap the video icon that can be found in the top right corner of Messenger. The audio functionality is off by default. This is quite a good thing, we think, especially when receiving a surprise video while at work. The sound can be easily turned on whenever you want.

The video will practically “float” over the conversation to allow users to still write messages. What’s new is the fact that with Instant Video, users won’t be obliged to respond with a video.

Check out Facebook’s news release on the matter to gain more information about the new rollout.


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The young-turk of the team, he is responsible for reporting all the rumors and leaks related to gadgets and software. Other than collecting valuable information on trending rumors, he also likes to write about social media and IT security.

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