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Video chat on Facebook Messenger announced for Ireland today

Chatting face-to-face on Facebook Messenger
Chatting face-to-face on Facebook Messenger

If you use Facebook Messenger, you'll soon have the option to video chat with the other person.

We've all gotten used to Facetime now and it seems Facebook fancy a slice of that pie too.

The social media giant announced today that 18 countries, including Ireland, will now be able to chat face-to-face with others through the Facebook Messenger app. And it will work even if one person is on iOS and the other is on Android.

In the post announcing the news, Facebook said: You can quickly start a video call from any conversation with just one tap. If you’re messaging with someone and realize that words just aren’t enough, you can simply choose the video icon in the top right corner of the screen and start a video call right from within an existing Messenger conversation.

Voice calling was already available to the 600 million users of the app but now the addition of video is sure to increase the usage of the app.

Video calling in the app is launching today in the following countries; Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay.

The rest of the world will be rolled out over the next few months.