Facebook is adding a Snapchat-like new video feature to Messenger which allows you to share a live video call while you chat.
Facebook Instant Video is a new feature that opens a two-way live video within an existing chat on Messenger. Yes, video calls already existed on the app, but this time it is different: You can keep on sending text messages (and Emojis) while sharing a live video feed too.
Facebook Instant Video are not made to replace video calls per se. They are rather made for when a conversation requires the help of a live video to “share quick moments with friends who aren’t right by your side.” The truth is that we have grown used to be able to access live video at anytime, easily and seamlessly and Instant Video is the perfect fit for that. It simply makes conversation richer and funnier by allowing us to see each other’s face while messaging.
No Extra App Needed, Instant Video Is Built Into Messenger
You don’t have to download anything new. But you will have to update to the latest version of Messenger on your phone.
When both you and your friends will have a chat window open, the video button will begin to pulse. Tap on it and the live video stream will begin.
Your friend can choose to just watch or join in and start live streaming too. Both users can switch from front to rear cameras on their phones and vice versa. The live videos will appear as a small movable popup window, not in full screen as it would be the case for a regular video call.
Now that we have said all that, we have to also remember that Snapchat was the first to offer instant live video within chats. Yes, Facebook got inspired by Snapchat yet again. No surprise there, right?