Video chat face to face without register
“We’re building infrastructure that will allow us to do anything we want with video” Chudnovsky explains.
On mobile, he thinks video calling in Messenger will be much more convenient than having to either video call someone suddenly, or switch apps.Mark Zuckerberg said on last week’s Facebook earnings call that Messenger already accounts for 10% of global mobile VOIP calls.He believes free, high audio quality VOIP will displace traditional phone calling, and video calling could accelerate that.“You don’t have to close it, go to another app, launch that app, connect with them in that other app, and then finally starting the call with brain damage from how you’re actually doing it.” Chudnovsky knew Facebook needed to build mobile video calling after doing feedback sessions about Messenger’s audio calling feature.“Unprompted, a lot of people said ‘we’d like to have a face-to-face conversation over Messenger” he tells me.“We’re not thinking about what our second, third, fourth, and fifth steps will.
We’re goingto look at the data and decide what we need to do.
Building video into a chat app means these conversations can be emergent, spontaneous experiences, rather than scheduled occurrences.
“Everything starts from a text conversation these days” Chudnovsky explains. I’m going to text you and ask if you have three minutes for a phone call.” Instead they can text in Messenger, and switch to video with one tap.
This way if you’re sitting at home and a friend is on a mountain in Norway, you can give them the extra bandwidth because what matters is seeing their scenery, not them seeing your bedroom.
This is v1, though, and Chudnovsky said the Messenger team was working on a bunch of secondary features I asked about, including group video calling and video stabilization.
It’s all free on Facebook’s side, and users will only be charged for data use by their mobile operator, which they can avoid by using Wi-Fi.