Facebook has launched another group calling app called catchup
Social networking giant Facebook has launched another group calling app named Catchup. The app has been developed by Facebook’s NPE team (new product experiment) and is being tested in the United States for a limited time on iOS and Android operating systems. For those unaware, NPE apps are for experimenting with new products, meaning they are subject to change.
Returning to catchup, the app allows its users to engage in group calling with up to 8 members. However, it is not the first platform of Facebook that provides this facility to users including WhatsApp, Messenger Room, etc. The main difference between catchup and many other Facebook-owned group calling platforms is that catchup tells its users when other users are available to talk.
According to Nikki Shah, the product lead, “Based on our studies, we found that one of the main reasons why people don’t call friends and family more often is they don’t know if they’re available to talk or they’re worried Huh. Reach them at an inconvenient time. Catchup resolves this problem, and even makes group calling as easy as a tap. “
Those who will be available to talk will be clubbed together under a “ready to talk” section with the option to ‘join’ the call. While there will be a second section called ‘Offline’, which is quite self-explanatory. They get the option to ‘strike’. And finally, there will be a list of contacts who are not on the platform and users will get the option to invite them to the platform.
A report by TechCrunch states that the app shows that everyone is available to talk, based on the user’s contact list and no one needs a Facebook account.
Users of this app will be able to make or connect calls with people and while in a call, they will be able to merge calls with one tap.