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Facebook Messenger launches free video calling

Facebook video calling

Facebook is rolling out an update for its free Messenger app that will enable free video calling. The social network has allowed voice calling for quite some time in its mobile app, but video calling has long been largely unavailable for mobile users, until now.

This puts Facebook Messenger even more squarely in competition with the likes of Google Hangouts, Skype, and others. Google especially should feel worried, as Messenger has a much higher regular user base than Hangouts.

According to Facebook, the ability to video call will only be mobile to mobile, not mobile to desktop, but it will be interoperable between iOS and Android.

The feature will be available initially in just 18 countries: the U.S., Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, and Uruguay.

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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