Facebook Bringing Video Chat to iPhone?
Italian tech blog iPhoneItalia is reporting (Google Translation) that Facebook is testing a version of its Facebook Messenger iOS app that will include a video call feature. They are reporting that the latest beta of the app has been released to developers for review.
The iPhoneItalia post includes several screenshots from the app, showing various aspects of the video calling feature. They also include a fairly detailed walkthrough of the process of placing a video call, citing a source with access to the developer beta of the app.
Though the post does not say so specifically, screencaps seem to indicate that the video calling feature on the app can be used to place or receive calls to users who are on Facebook at their home computers, and not just those who are using the app.
Facebook brought Skype-powered video calling to its chat service over the summer, around the same time it launched the Facebook Messenger app. It stands to reason that the social network would be interested in bringing feature to its mobile users.
At this point the feature is at best in its preliminary testing phase, and there has been no word from Facebook about it. Assuming the feature tests well in beta, we should expect an announcement of some kind in the next few months. For the time being, however, this is a wait-and-see issue. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.