Facebook Tests Call Button to compete Google Hangouts?


Recently my attempt to try and user Google Hangout on Air to broadcast to Uganda from Uganda was   a failure from start since the feature is not available to Uganda as yet.   Originally Google+ Hangouts, allowed you to video chat with up to 9 different people at once and now Google+ Hangouts on Air, lets you broadcast to an unlimited audience.   Google+ Hangouts is being rolled out around the world. By last check (June 2012), it was available to Kenya subscribers but not yet for Uganda though we hope it will be coming soon even to Ugandans.

Here comes the Facebook “Call” Button. Facebook is reported to be testing the call button that will enable better video chat and possibly latter video broadcast.  Facebook partnered with Skype (a Microsoft owned brand) to bring better video service to Facebook though this has not been as fast as the market may have wished. With the increase in popularity of social chat services such as Google Hangouts it looks like Facebook is ready to get better video service more on its users now.

Facebook Tests Call Button to compete Google Hangouts?

Do you think the “Call” button will influence Facebook members to use video chat more? Will Facebook be able to compete against other social video chat services such as Google Hangouts which are yet to gain good traction in Uganda and other African Countries where Facebook is social king? Let us know your opinion in the comments.



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