Facebook Messenger’s video calling feature goes global

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Facebook on Tuesday announced global rollout of free video calling feature in its Messenger app.

David Marcus, Facebook’s Vice-President of Messaging Products, announced the expansion of Messenger’s video calling feature in a Facebook post which read “We’re happy to share we’ve now rolled out the capability globally, with the exception of a few countries we’re still working on improving quality for.”

“So make sure you get the latest and greatest version for iOS and Android, give it a try, and as always … tell us how we can make it even better for you!”

The video calling feature was initially launched in April to iOS and Android users in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the U.K., the U.S. and Uruguay. There’s currently no clear word as to which regions have been included this time around.

Facebook Messenger users will be able to make a video call for free by tapping on the video icon at the top right corner of the chat screen. Once live and active, the feature will be in direct competition to Microsoft’s Skype, Google’s Hangouts and Apple’s FaceTime.

There are even reports which suggest that Facebook is currently testing a host of new features for its Messenger app including sending money to friends via the Messenger mobile app as well as voice transcription feature, which will enable users to send voice clips with automatically typed-out text. A recent report even claimed that the social networking giant is going to add games to its Messenger app.