Facebook Inc. is releasing a video-call feature for its Messenger application.The company said on Monday in a blog post that the feature will work for iOS and Android phones, competing with Apple's Facetime and Google's Hangouts.
Skype, from Microsoft Corp., and WeChat from Tencent Holdings Ltd, also provide video-messaging services.
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"Video calling in Messenger is available for calls made from a mobile phone to another mobile phone, even if one person is on iOS and the other person is on an Android device," the social-media company said
Messenger, Facebook's stand-alone chat application, has more than 600 million users and accounts for more than 10% of voice-over-Internet calls made globally, the company said last week during its earnings presentation.
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Facebook has been adding features to the application, opening it up to outside developers this year so they can create games and functions that increase its popularity.