The NPE Team of Facebook has introduced a calling app for groups based on audio-only.
People and companies all across the world have tried everything to make communication much more manageable. Recently, the social media giant, Facebook has introduced a new calling app known as CatchUp to make communication among the users more easy and convenient. The current lockdown situation has forced people to stay indoors restricting socialization. People are becoming more and more dependent on social media channels and communication apps to socialize with their friends and relatives. The use of these communication apps is increasing the businesses and enterprises for remote meetings. With the more and more people following social distancing and businesses allowing work from encouraging tech companies to surge their activities in developing more enhanced communication features. The most exciting things in the newly launched app are that people can talk to each other only when they are ready to do so.
The New Production Experimentation team was founded in the year 2019 by the social media giant, Facebook. NPE is a team dedicated to gauge the interests of users and develop apps focused on making users’ experience much better. The team of NPE has also played a significant role in developing Whale, Hobbi, Tuned and Kit. These apps were designed to know about the interests of customers in various apps and how these apps can be improved much more. Facebook has posted a blog unveiling the new voice-only chat app. The team of NPE and Facebook has explained that most of the users hesitate to call thinking whether the other person is available or not. Therefore, the NPE team has developed CatchUp, the new app which will help the users and tell them about the availability of other users.
How is the New App of Facebook Useful?
If the users are willing to give a try to the newly introduced chat app, then they will require to toggle the settings. When the users toggle the settings, it will make them clear that the other person is available to take the call. Moreover, there are also features related to auto availability, making it possible for the users to receive the calls even when they are driving some vehicle or wearing headphones. Also, the users need to understand that when the conversation is finished, then they will need to toggle the settings off again, indicating they are now not available to receive any call. Once the users enter in the call, all other users will be displayed with four options differently. The first three options are very much familiar to the users appearing to end the call, mute the call and set the call to speaker mode. As the fourth option, the users have been provided with the security settings so they can make their conversation more secure and safe. However, the newly introduced app is not free from problems even though it is a new app, the feature called Poke did not alert the user when the other users were willing to talk to him through the app. In another incident, the app warned the users that the other user is on call even though it was wrong information.
However, the NPE is owned by Facebook, but it can’t be ignored that the social media giant has a long history of issues related to data breach and security. Despite the fact, the company has made several commitments to providing privacy and security to users; several incidents are proving the company has not fulfilled its obligation. Apart from these, Facebook also offered many other chat features, including WhatsApp and Messenger. While looking at the relevancy of the newly introduced app through the eyes of people, it might be an unnecessary app for many if we consider the fact that to know whether the person or group is available for taking the call or not. Additionally, it also seems that the app is encouraging the users to ignore the ability of their phone for making calls without the need to waste the app’s storage space. However, the app is useful for users who are willing to make international calls along with those who are always interested in participating in group audio calls.
The users who are willing to try the app features, then they can download it on their iOS and Android. However, the downloading facility is available for some limited time only. The company is still busy in improving the features of this app, and so it will take some time to give it a final touch.