Facebook is introducing a whole range of new features almost every passing day to improve the user experience. The social media giant is making headlines soon after it released the most-awaited group voice calling feature for its desktop users.
Facebook had recently revamped the Messenger Camera by introducing new 3D effects, a new variety of stickers, and artistic filters to make conversations less mundane and more interactive. Not only that, the social media giant had also rolled out several new features for the Facebook app users allowing them to upload HD quality videos, capture PIP videos, watch videos offline, and more.
After attracting the app users, Facebook is now set to grab the attention of the PC users as the Zuckerberg headed company now introduced a group voice calling feature for the desktop users. Media reports say that the new feature is already giving a tough fight to Skype and other such desktop based group calling platforms.
Likewise, the Facebook-owned Oculus also launched a similar group voice calling feature called Parties, which allows VR-to-VR calls. Hence, it can be concluded that the social media platform has been playing an audio calling game to take on similar applications.
Facebook seems to be focused on making conversations more social with group functionality. Media reports assert that the social media giant is carrying out a small test for its desktop version of group voice calls and is said to counter attack the similar such apps including Skype, Google Duo, and other apps.
Likewise, Slack had recently rolled out a group calling feature imposing pressure on Skype. Now joining the competition is Facebook with it's recently rolled out voice group calling feature. Earlier this year, Facebook launched group voice calls for the Messenger app, which is now ready to hit the desktop users.
As Facebook is the most widely used social media platform worldwide, introducing the group calling feature will reduce the additional effort to separately login to Skype account, add friends and then make calls. Hence, this is an added advantage for the social media giant.
With Facebook group voice calling feature, the users are just required to login to their Facebook account, go to Messenger, click on the call icon of the top-left corner of the dialogue box and add friends to the call, and they are good to go. However, to use Skype, the user first needs to know the Skype login id of the person to add them to a group call, which creates an additional hassle for the users.
Consider Facebook video or voice calls, the quality is pretty decent and can be executed in just a single tap on the icon. This is not the case with Skype, Google Duo or any such desktop apps as the users will have to go through a long sign up process, and then add friends. Only after these, they will be available to add friends to the group calls, which is surely not an apt option in case of an emergency.
Another reason how Facebook can counter Skype and Google Duo with the newly introduced desktop feature is that not everyone has a Google Duo or Skype account, whereas most of them have a Facebook account.