It will let them go out and find the feature if they’re on on a cellular connection, but will remind them they could have a more vivid connection for free when possible.
This is all part of Facebook’s philosophy that its products have to be good enough to grow without massive cross-promotional help. Protecting people from their own data usage will be important for the feature.
Today, Messenger is launching free VOIP video calling over cellular and wifi connections on i OS and Android in the U. Facebook’s goal is to connect people face to face no matter where they are or what mobile connection they have.
With Messenger, someone on a new i Phone with strong LTE in San Francisco could video chat with someone on a low-end Android with a few bars of 3G in Nigeria.
“Group video calling is definitely a use case that a lot of our people might be interested in at some point…[and] it would be a big deal if the whole [shakes hand to simulate lack of video stabilization] thing goes away.” Those could help Messenger compete with Google’s Hangouts, which is filled with bells and whistles.In posts shared today by David Marcus, Facebook Messenger’s team lead, Facebook’s Messenger application will be seeing two new major changes to the chat application.The most noticeable of which is a new interface to the messenger application, and the new ability to begin group video chats.“Unprompted, a lot of people said ‘we’d like to have a face-to-face conversation over Messenger” he tells me.Building video into a chat app means these conversations can be emergent, spontaneous experiences, rather than scheduled occurrences.