Facebook Messenger updated with Instant Video on iOS and Android
Facebook is rolling out an updated version of Messenger that brings support for instant video messaging to both Android and iOS. Called “Instant Video”, the new functionality lets participants in a chat engage in a video call, which opens up in a floating window on top of the texting session.
Both sides, of course, need to be running the latest build of Facebook Messenger, in order to take advantage of the new functionality. Instant Video can be initiated by tapping the camera icon, next to the VOIP call icon at the top right corner of the screen, which would previously initiate a normal video call. Doing this now, however, opens a direct video feed in a floating window, on top of the chat. Both sides can continue texting while using Instant Video.
If you don't have access to the neat new feature, expect the update to roll out to you in the following days. Just keep in mind that all participants in a conversation need the latest version of Facebook Messenger, in order to take advantage of Instant Video.