Facebook’s NPE is Testing a New Audio Call App

All the leading social media apps are trying to make the virtual connectivity experience better with each new addition, especially given the fact that these days these apps are what is keeping family and friends connected during social distancing.

Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team has released its latest app which focuses on facilitating phone calls between friends. This is the sixth app by this team and it is called, CatchUp. It can be described as Messenger Rooms for voice calls.

CatchUp, gives you the capacity to see when your friends are online and up for a voice call session. Additionally, you can also see the group chats that are already in-progress and gives you the option to join the open group discussions.

According to the description of the app: “Catching up has never been this easy. See who’s available and effortlessly join one-on-one and group calls. Never play phone tag or make an appointment to call someone again. Keep in touch more, think about it less. Any time you’re free to talk, CatchUp!”

Users can set their activity status to let their network know if and when they are ready to talk and create chat groups, within the app. There is also the option of auto-availability which updates your status when the users are connected via Bluetooth.

The success of this experimental app is yet to be seen, given that it is currently being tested in the US, on both the iOS and Android. CatchUp only has one specific feature that separates it from all that one can already do through Facebook’s Messenger and that is to be able to see when people are specifically up for a call. Only time will tell if this only is capable of providing enough utility that people download a separate app.

It is quite possible that it becomes a regional hit in places where overall network quality is low and audio calls are the preferred means of communication.

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