Facebook’s experimental NPE group has released its new application, this time concentrated on easing telephone calls between buddies who’re up for a chat.
Called CatchUp, the new application is basically Messenger Rooms for voice calls, providing the capacity to see when your mates are online and upward to get a voice call, and group chats which you could join.As per the application description:
“Catching up has never been this easy. See whos available and effortlessly join oneonone and group calls. Never play phone tag or make an appointment to phone someone again. Keep in touch more, think about it less. Any time youre free to speak, CatchUp!”
Therefore, yeah, you can see who’s active in the application, such as Messenger, and combine group discussions, such as Messenger Rooms. Seems simple enough.
Inside the application, users can set their status to let their connections know when they’re ready to speak, and make groups to chat with. There’s also an’auto availability’ function which will automatically update your position whenever you’re connected through Bluetooth.
It’s another way for people to connect but of course, you can already call folks through Messenger with the added option of using video as well, if you so choose. As like CatchUp’s only functional addition over Messenger is that you could see when folks are especially up for an audio chat, so it doesn’t seem like it provides enough utility to get a separate application, which you or your connections will then need to each download so for it to be of any real use.
But then again, maybe in regions where connectivity is restricted, and telephone calls are the preferred means of connection, having the option to be capable to see when folks are open to a voice chat will probably be beneficial. The application is currently available in selected regions (we had been tipped off to it from GratisDatingTips which is in the Netherlands), on both iOS and Android.
In either case, it’s intriguing to keep tabs on where Facebook’s NPE or’New Product Experimentation’ group is looking, and what trends they might be seeking to capitalize on with their test applications.
Therefore far, NPE has launched six new applications over the last 6 months. Those applications are:
Kit, an Provides enlarged messaging options via Apple Watch
Hobbi, an enabled consumers to accumulate pictures of creative hobbies, and sort them into planks to monitor personal development
Whale, an enabled users to make their very own memes with simplified templates and tools
AUX A participatory DJ application, where consumers try to get their song on a group playlist
Bump A chat application which aims to introduce students to others in their vicinity