Facebook video calling hidden in Messenger iOS app

Facebook video chat, powered by Skype, has been available for Facebook users since last summer. Up until now, initiating a video chat was mostly limited to computers via the Facebook site. But users of Facebook's iOS Messenger app (no, not that horrifically buggy and slow Facebook app) may not be aware that the code to initiate a video chat is already in the app. It's just hidden somewhere.

The leaked image above comes from Techit, the same source who supplied a leaked copy of the Facebook desktop messenger late last year, when it was still in a private beta. The video chat capabilities will be reportedly made available to all users in the coming months, as it continues through an ongoing private beta.

In related news, frequent users of Facebook Chat on iPads will no longer require a third party chatting app or the site itself. The Messenger app will be a Universal app very soon, with an appropriately-sized Messenger... and not much else. It's essentially the same iPhone/iPod touch-sized app blown up.

In the meantime, users can continue exchanging Skype IDs for chatting across devices. And to Facebook, let's hope they do something about their appalling mobile app before they improve on Messenger.

Thanks to Techit for the tip and images!

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