making them the lowest-cost form of videotelephony.Despite the low cost, the resolution offered at present (2015) is rather impressive, with low-end webcams offering resolutions of 320×240, medium webcams offering 640×480 resolution, and high-end webcams offering 1280×720 (aka 720p) or even 1920×1080 (aka 1080p) resolution.We can now even video chat from almost anywhere thanks to smartphones with data connections.Laptops, tablets, and smartphones have built-in front-facing cameras, so video chat is within reach of practically everyone.
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With Messenger, someone on a new i Phone with strong LTE in San Francisco could video chat with someone on a low-end Android with a few bars of 3G in Nigeria.
Here’s a quick video from Facebook showing Messenger video calls in action: Facebook first introduced desktop video calling in partnership with Skype in 2011, but eventually built its own video call infrastructure.
It’s not polite to call someone out of the blue anymore. That’s why Facebook thinks video calling will live naturally inside Messenger.
Today, Messenger is launching free VOIP video calling over cellular and wifi connections on i OS and Android in the U. Facebook’s goal is to connect people face to face no matter where they are or what mobile connection they have.