Meta’s Facebook Messenger is getting some design changes that will add a separate calls tab to the function bar at the bottom of the app. According to the details, the call tab will appear alongside the “Chats”, “Stories”, and “People”, and open up a list of user’s contacts with separate buttons for voice and video calls.
It’s a subtle change but one that will make Facebook Messenger seem more like a messaging and calling app and make the user experience more friendly. Prior to the change, users had to open up a separate chat thread with a friend in order to start a voice or video call.
This new feature on Facebook Messenger will allow users to dial friends directly through the calls tab, and may also serve as an introduction to those less familiar with Messenger’s calling features. However, the exact date for the feature’s rollout on a global scale is still unknown.
According to Meta, audio and video calling on Facebook Messenger have increased by almost 40 percent since early 2020 and the company plans to bring end-to-end encryption to both Facebook Messenger and Instagram by 2023 like its sister app, WhatsApp.
Meta has already added several new features to Facebook Messenger, including reactions, stickers, message specific replies and more.
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