Thursday, April 21, 2016

Facebook Messenger gets voice calls (in groups up to 50 people)

Facebook has finally deployed voice calls on Messenger for everyone, and it includes group calls of up to 50 people at once.

Facebook was testing voice calls on Messenger foi quite sometime, but that wasn't available to all users. That's something that has finally been fixed, and voice calls on Messenger should reach everyone with the latest update that is being deployed as we speak.

Just as easily as you can make a voice call to anyone of your contacts on FB Messenger, you can do it as well for a group - of either friends or colleagues - making it a valuable tool for both personal and profissional use. You can make voice calls on groups up to 50 users, though video is still restricted to one-on-one calls. This means you might want to keep using Google Hangouts or Microsoft's Skype (though I imagine FB to implement such feature sooner rather than later.)

Also in a not so distant future one can envision Facebook expanding its chat bots service to voice calls (voice bots?) and maybe even video bots that can see and show things. For instance we might have a video bot assistant that could see a book we're holding and suggest where we can find other books we might find interesting, or maybe even show a video bot the food we're about to eat, so it can estimate how many calories it has and keep track of it.

... All we need is sufficient (and efficient) Artificial Intelligence to power it all! :)

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