Facebook Messenger ready to compete against Google Duo


For a long time, Apple ruled the roost when it came to face-to-face video chats via their Facetime platform. Through the years others have tried to compete, notably the major cellular carriers with not much success. This past summer has seen a new wave of entrants eyeing the market led by Google with their new Duo app for video chats. Not to be outdone by their social media platform competitor, Facebook announced today that they are bringing Instant Video to their Messenger platform for face-to-face video chats.

In their announcement, Facebook notes that the ability to conduct a video chat session is not a new concept, but in the past has primarily been used only for special occasions like birthdays or holidays as a way for far flung families to stay in touch. As faster networks and better smartphone cameras are much more common now, it is much easier to launch a successful live video session, meaning the technology can be used for real-time face-to-face messaging.

To make use of the new Instant Video feature, both sides of the conversation need to have Facebook’s Messenger app installed on either an iOS or Android device. The users also have to both have a Messenger conversation going and have that thread open in the app. From there, it takes nothing more than tapping on the video icon to start sharing real-time video. In an interesting twist, the video will launch with sound turned off by default, but users can enable sound. The video will launch in a small window that will float over the active Messenger conversation.

source: Facebook

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Richard Dennis

    Haven’t they offered this for years?

    • My thoughts exactly, I just wish it was all one application instead it being separated from the main application. I feel like this is what keeps most people from using it as intended.