Facebook is now going after Skype.
The social network has launched a free video calling feature for Messenger, allowing you to have face-to-face conversations with your friends from across the world. Just tap the video icon in the top-right corner within an existing Messenger conversation to start a video call. The free feature, which works over both LTE and Wi-Fi, will directly rival not only Skype, but also Google Hangouts and Apple's FaceTime.
"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," explained Facebook in a blog post published on 27 April. "It’s fast, reliable and high quality."
Facebook introduced desktop video calling in 2011 via a Skype partnership, but it has since built its own voice-over-internet infrastructure. Video calling is now available within the Messenger for iOS and Android apps in the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, UK, US, and Uruguay.
Facebook promised to expand video calling to other regions over the coming months. You can learn more about the feature via the video below.