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Well, being quarantined & working-from-home have made some things quite popular & video conferencing is one of them. Zoom has seen a tremendous increase in active users on the platform because of people staying home & trying to connect with colleagues. Now, the giant Facebook challenges Zoom with the Messenger Room feature.
It’s quite obvious that video conferencing has become a necessity in this dire situation amid COVID-19 lockdown. In order to let people overcome the Novel Coronavirus situation, tech service providers are rolling out new features in existing applications.
Facebook Rolls Out Messenger Room
One of the four most reputed & successful tech giants in the world, Facebook bangs with Messenger Room feature on Facebook & Messenger app respectively. This new & latest feature will let many people video chat at the same time with Messenger Room. The best benefit is that you won’t even need to have a social media account in order to meet your friends/colleagues on video calls.
“Today, we are rolling out Messenger Rooms, which are joinable group video calls that make it easy to spend quality time with friends, loved ones and people who share your interests. Create a room right from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Rooms will soon hold up to 50 people with no time limit.” – Facebook
Apparently, Facebook is the largest & most popular social media network in the world who is now able to bring as many as 50 users altogether on video conferencing. Just share the link with the people you want to get connected & they will be able to join without even logging in. Additionally, you will have access to create independent rooms with Facebook video conferencing service portal.
Bring your family as well as friends together at the same time on Messenger Room from Facebook Inc.
What Facebook Says About Messenger Room
“Video presence isn’t just about calling someone. It’s starting to be a fundamental building block of a private social platform with lots of different use cases.” – Mark Zuckerberg
“is probably one of the first very clear consumer services that has integration and works across each of the apps. That’s an important piece – maybe an initial milestone on the path to broader interoperability.” – Zuckerberg about Messenger Room video call Feature
“All the products [out] there were primarily focused on enterprises and we thought that there was an ability to do something in the consumer space. It’s meant to be more casual. Not everything has to be planned out in advance.” – Facebook CEO Zuckerberg
“We’re busier than ever now because so many of our troops are stuck in another country and unable to travel until further notice. This puts a huge burden on our families and moms who have their hands full but also feel isolated. Messenger Rooms would be a wonderful way for our community to connect face to face and share stories and give support in a more personalized way so that our members don’t feel so alone.” – Janet Sanchez, Esposas Militares Hispanas USA Armed Forces Admin (Facebook group)
From Facebook Messenger Room to Instagram Direct & Messenger Kids to virtual dating on Facebook, everything is revolving around Facebook services. Since the giant owns 3 of the most popular social media platforms in the world (WhatsApp, Instagram, & Facebook), the impact it can have on people is huge.
Checkout the latest news related to COVID-19 from Facebook here.
With the perfect combination of AR (augmented reality) filters & advanced features, Messenger Room is offering new filters to make the calls interesting. Just the way, Zoom brings fake backgrounds for video calls, similarly Messenger Room also follows the same concept. Additionally, the latest Facebook feature allows you to have 360 degree back view as you move around.
On April 21st, 2020, the largest user base social media app “WhatsApp” has extended the number of participants on group calls.
We’ve made it easier than ever to start a group call from WhatsApp for groups of 4 or less. From your group chat tap the video or voice call icon to directly start a call with everyone in the chat! ?
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) April 7, 2020
With more than a couple of billion users, Facebook has sold more portal devices than it could imagine. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the portal device sale has increased almost 10%, however, the numbers haven’t been published. On April 29th, Facebook is planning to report the first quarter earnings.
Facebook launching Messenger Room has put the company ahead in the video calling service race. Zoom had been the leading in the VC market for over a month & went through continuous privacy & security breaches. Messenger Room from FB is definitely going to decrease the numbers because a lot of users will switch from service to security priority.
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