Social networking giant Facebook has launched another group calling app, called CatchUp. The app has been developed by Facebook’s NPE Team (new product experimentation) and is being tested in the United States for a limited time on iOS and Android operating systems. For those unaware, NPE apps are meant to be new product experiments, which means they are subject to change.
Coming back to Catchup, the app allows its users to engage in group calling with up to 8 members. However, this is not the first platform from Facebook that gives users this facility including WhatsApp, Messenger Rooms, etc. The main differentiating factor between CatchUp and several other Facebook-owned group calling platforms is that CatchUp tells its users when other users of the are available to talk.
As per Nikki Shah, product lead, “Based on our studies, we found that one of the main reasons people don’t call friends and family more frequently is that they don’t know when they are available to talk or are worried they may reach them at an inconvenient time. CatchUp addresses this problem, and even makes group calling as easy as one tap.”
Those who'd be available to talk will be clubbed together under a “ready to talk" section with an option to ‘Join’ the call. While there will be a second section called ‘Offline’ which is quite self-explanatory. Users will get an option to ‘poke’ them. And lastly, 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.
The app shows who all are available to talk on the basis of a user’s contact list and doesn’t require anyone to have a Facebook account, says TechCrunch in a report.
Users of this app will be able to create or join calls with people and while being in a call, they will be able to merge calls with one tap.