Meta is introducing a dedicated Calls tab to the Facebook Messenger app. This is similar to the calling feature on WhatsApp.
The Calls tab on Facebook Messenger is rolling out in phases. Currently, a few users will be getting it on their app. Expect it to be available for everyone over the coming weeks. The Calls tab is the second tab at the bottom of the app’s screen, positioned between the Chats and People tabs.
Meta says that the number of people making audio and video calls via the chat window has increased significantly over the past few years. The company has observed a 40 percent jump in daily callers, when compared to the beginning of 2020. This rise in numbers could be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic which required people to quarantine at home. People resorted to audio and video calls to talk to friends and co-workers.
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Before the update, the calling feature wasn’t as obvious. It was tucked away in the chat window. This meant that you’d have to start a new chat and make the call.
Meta has been introducing a host of features for Facebook Messenger this year. The app gained significant improvements in end-to-end encryption such as the ability to reply to specific messages, typing indicators, and message forwarding. It also added verified badges for encrypted chats which will help you identify authentic accounts. Moreover, you will be notified if someone tries to take a screenshot of your disappearing messages.
Facebook Messenger has also added a “Shortcuts” option to the app. It enables users to perform certain tasks, such as notifying friends in a group, or silently send a message without notifying others in the group. You are also allowed to share GIFs and ASCII emoticons via the app.
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