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Facebook adds ‘Instant Video’ feature in Messenger app

This feature allows users to send instant videos inside the chat window itself.

Facebook yesterday added a new feature to its messenger app = Instant Video. The feature allows users to send instant videos inside the chat window itself.

Facebook claims that this feature can be useful in situations when you want to ask a friend to choose between a pair of shoes, which ice cream flavour you want or even send him the reaction of your text messages sent over the Messenger app.
“It’s perfect for sharing quick moments with friends who aren’t right by your side or making your conversations richer by seeing each other face-to-face when you are messaging,” Facebook said of the Instant Video feature.

To use the new feature, one has to tap on the video icon in the top right corner in the chat window to begin broadcasting video. By default, the sound is off for the person receiving the instant voice message. One may note that, instant video feature only works when both the sender and recipient have opened the chat window. Other than that, Facebook Messenger, already has a video calling feature since 2015 which can enabled anytime if the recipient has not opened the chat.

Last month, Facebook introduced a new ‘Stories’ feature in Facebook owned Instagram in another attempt to attack against the Snapchat which the social network giant considers its biggest threat. Instagram Stories received a good response and people seem to be using it very often these days. Secondly, Facebook also introduced another video sharing app for teenagers – ‘Facebook Lifestage’ which gave an ultimate privacy solution to teenagers inside the app interface.

Instant Video feature is available for both Android and IOS and at the time of writing this story, the update was yet to come for Indian on Android platform. We have to wait and see as to how will users greet this new addition. Given Facebook’s huge user base, it’s likely that if not most but some of the users will surely like the new ‘Instant Video’ add-on.

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