Facebook Messenger’s audio and video job reaches 300M users

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Phase 1: Kill SMS. Phase 2: Kill Skype, FaceTime, and your phone. Phase 3: Profit? Facebook is creation strides towards apropos a multi-media communication juggernaut, a conduct of Messenger David Marcus announced now during TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Out of Messenger’s one-billion users, 300 million people use a audio and video job facilities any month. That’s around a distance of Skype’s whole user base.

Facebook is singly befitting to disrupting normal home and mobile phone voice job and their successor, video calling. It has a many finish amicable graph of family, friends, and acquaintances – going over what’s in many people’s phone contacts. It has a one-billion user discuss app where people are already spending tons of time. And it has a record infrastructure to support high-bandwidth transmissions.


Before a talk, Marcus told me “There’s a new model when we consider of real-time communications. We had to locate adult when we didn’t have voice and video conversations, Now out of a billion users, over 300 million are active users of audio and video calling. Apps that are ostensible to do only that are most smaller than that.” 

Facebook initial began experimenting with VoIP audio job in Messenger behind in 2013, while it non-stop adult video job in mid-2015. Group audio job launched in Apr 2016, and we can design Facebook to eventually one-up competitors with organisation video calling. Snapchat, Google Duo, and others in a space also now miss organisation video calling.

Asked about Facebook’s skeleton for organisation video job during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, Marcus broadly hinted that it was in a works.

“If we demeanour during what we’ve launched to date, it’s a flattering judicious thing to build during some point,” he said.


Most communication apps and handling systems work from a basement of content messaging, with a ability to place rather graphic audio and video calls. But Marcus tells me Facebook wants to pull a thought that those multimedia options are always during a prepared as partial of a ongoing thread. That’s because it launched Instant Video for live connectors in Messenger this month. You simply unmute these options when we wish to rather than initiating a new form of call.

That could make Messenger some-more immersive, and move it closer to a idea of simulating a face to face conversations.

While audio and video have been critical to Facebook and  Messenger, a network has clearly been ignoring a arise of voice computing platforms, like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Now, and Apple’s Siri, for example. Marcus remarkable that Messenger isn’t actively building a similar technology.

When asked if Messenger competence afterwards tumble behind as products like Amazon’s Echo voice controller benefit popularity, Marcus conceded, “maybe”.

Additional reporting: Sarah Perez