Meta is adding a new ‘Calls’ tab in its Messenger app for iOS and Android users worldwide. Meta’s new “Calls” tab will consolidate all calls made or received in the app and make it easier to connect calls with a single swipe.
Meta’s dedicated “Calls” tab also serves as a reminder to those who don’t utilise the function on a daily basis that they may use the app for voice or video calls in addition to text-based communications.
As part of its attempt to make Messenger a unique experience, Facebook removed messaging from the main Facebook app in 2014, necessitating mobile users to download a separate one to continue using the service.
In 2015, the video call function was introduced, followed by Instagram cross-app messaging and, ultimately, cross-app group chats. It recently added additional shortcuts, such as the @everyone tag, which alerts everyone in a chat. And the /silent option, which sends a message without triggering notifications for everyone else in the group.
According to Meta, the number of audio and video calls made each day has surged by 40% since early 2020, with 300 million calls made every day. Voice calls functionality initially came in the Messenger app in 2013, and this latest addition puts it a step closer to becoming a comprehensive communication center. There’s a lot of competition for calling applications (like your phone’s default app, or Meta’s own WhatsApp). However, the stats indicate that it’s a popular choice among many people.