Facebook Adds Video Calling to Messenger App

facebook messengerFacebook’s Messenger app has added free video calling for its 600 million mobile users, giving Facetime, Skype and Hangouts a run for their money.

Users of the Messenger app on iOS and Android devices will now have a video icon in the top right corner of their screen, allowing them to make video and voice calls with other users. Video calling was already made available on desktops earlier this year, but adding this feature to Facebook’s mobile messaging app allows the service to be accessed more frequently by more people.

“Adding (video calling) to Messenger instead of the main Facebook app maybe ties in to Messenger’s mission where it’s a real core person-to-person app,” said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner Inc., a U.S. technology research and advisory firm. “Now they’re really enticing people with more features.”

Video calling will be available on the Messenger app for iOS and Android in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. More regions will be added within the next few months.