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Facebook finally brings voice calling to Android

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Facebook finally brings voice calling to Android
We were hoping this would come as part of the Facebook Home updates that rolled through both the main Facebook app and the Facebook Messenger app, but it has taken almost another week to come out. That's right, Facebook Messenger for Android has finally received the same love that its iOS counterpart saw about a month and a half ago: voice calling.

This isn't the first appearance of voice calling in Facebook for Android. The original release was early last month for Canadian users. But, given that the US is about 10x more populous than Canada, that release can basically be considered a beta test. Facebook claims that there are actually 24 countries where the Android version of Messenger offers voice calling, but we haven't seen those reports before. 

The update today is only for US users, and it isn't the main Facebook app, but the Facebook Messenger app. Once you've updated, you will get options to make voice calls to your friends who also have the VoIP enabled Facebook apps. Inside the app there will be a small "i" in your conversation thread that allows you to start a call, or in Chat Heads, the option is hidden in the vertical ellipsis overflow menu. 

Facebook reps told The Verge that so far VoIP calling has only been a "blip" on the company's servers, so it probably shouldn't be too long before we see the full global rollout.

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posted on 19 Apr 2013, 11:12

1. menny07 (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


what about video calling :/

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 11:15

2. chocolaking (Posts: 421; Member since: 22 May 2012)


This is good news!! hope the voice call is using good sampleing rates too!

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 11:34 1

3. Shrihari (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Had been waiting since many days for this.....thankyou..

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 13:27

4. roscuthiii (Posts: 1712; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


There's one key factor keeping me from using the Facebook and/or Facebook Messenger app(s)... And that would be the word "Facebook".

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 14:05 1

5. Stuntman (Posts: 665; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


So FB is rolling out something I can already do on my Android phone without needing Facebook all of these years. I can't wait for the next thing that FB will roll out that I can already do for years.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 21:44

6. Nimit_Desai (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Plzz anyone out here...HELP ME...frm 2 days I cant see anyone online and I cant chat wid anyone...I tried to reinstall tje fb app...and also to install various messengers but it all failed. ...plz give me a solution...m usimg a galaxy note 2. ..I request you. ...

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