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With over 50 million Video Calling Minutes per day, India has become the Top Country for Video Calling via WhatsApp

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New Delhi, May 8, 2017: With over 50 million video calling minutes per day, India has become the top country for video calling via WhatsApp — a feature that was launched from India in November last year and rolled out globally to other countries.

According to the data provided by the Facebook-owned popular mobile messaging app on Monday, a total of over 340 million video calling minutes are being recorded per day globally and users are making over 55 million video calls per day.

WhatsApp currently has 200 million monthly active users in India.

In November last year, WhatsApp announced the rollout of the video calling feature, enabling more than 1.2 billion monthly active users globally to make video calls across Android, iPhone and Windows devices.

The global launch event was attended by Neeraj Arora, Head of Business, WhatsApp and Manpreet Singh, Product Lead, WhatsApp, in New Delhi.

“We are constantly working to improve WhatsApp and expanding the boundaries with focus on quality and we do not look at the competition,” Arora had told reporters.

WhatsApp is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages.

With the video calling feature, WhatsApp is now competing with Microsoft-owned Skype and Google’s Duo.

“Video calling is one of the most requested features from people in India. We’re proud to have the opportunity to launch this feature in India and look forward to seeing people use WhatsApp to talk to their friends and loved ones face to face,” said Jan Koum, CEO and Co-Founder, WhatsApp.

WhatsApp started with messaging and Group Chat six years back and then added voice calling. (IANS)

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Facebook might bring Stories on desktop

Facebook users will be able to upload photos or videos, or shoot them with their webcam to post from desktop

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Facebook to introduce stories on desktop.
Facebook to introduce stories on desktop.
  • Facebook believes their stories can fetch the company money with correct advertising
  • They are trying to create and share stories through desktop
  • Users will be able record stories via their webcams

Although Facebook ‘Stories’ is not as popular as it is on Instagram and WhatsApp, the social media giant is convinced that the feature can fetch money through effective advertising and due to this, the company might soon launch it on desktop.

The company said that the narrative, ephemeral, camera-first format is the future of sharing… and advertising, Tech Crunch reported late on Thursday.

The report said that Facebook was doubling down on ‘Stories’ by testing the ability to create them from desktop and a much more prominent placement for viewing it atop the News Feed instead of in the sidebar.

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Facebook is trying on many changes to increase the feasibility of their story feature. Pixabay
Facebook is trying on many changes to increase the feasibility of their story feature. Pixabay

“We are testing the option to create and share ‘Stories’ from Facebook on desktop and are also testing moving the Stories tray from the top right corner to above News Feed, just like on mobile,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Previously users could only consume ‘Stories’ on web that had to be created on mobile.

Brands, Event promoters and Group admins who manage their Facebook presence from desktop might embrace ‘Stories’ more now that they can post from there, too, the report pointed out.

Facebook believes their stories can do great with better advertising.
Facebook believes their stories can do great with better advertising.

Also Read : Why Facebook blocking posts in India is necessary

Advertisers are likely to be more comfortable after getting Stories on desktop.

Moreover, a Digiday report said that Facebook was also building an augmented reality (AR) team in London to help it pitch sponsored AR filters to advertisers.

Facebook users will be able to upload photos or videos, or shoot them with their webcam to post from desktop. That could attract the monologue-style YouTube vloggers who have trained themselves to talk into their computer. IANS