Tuesday 6 December 2016

Facebook chatheads now work for video calls

Daniel Anderson

Published 12/04/2016 | 09:14

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It's a busy time for Facebook, with a major conference today and a bunch of new features set to be announced, including easier video calls

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Facebook has a major event on today called F8, which brings developers together to talk about the future of the platform. What that means for everyone else is that a bunch of new features are set to be revealed.

One such new feature has to do with Messenger and those little chat heads. It was pretty strange when those floating orbs were first introduced, ensuring that you could never avoid a message from someone, even if you were in a different app entirely. Well that same mentality is being expanded today with a new way of chatting. Now you'll be able to hold video calls on Messenger and if you swipe away to a different conversation the video will follow you in a little bubble.

That's a pretty neat way of keeping you engaged in a conversation while you have other things to do, and on Android you'll even be able to open up other apps and browse around to your hearts content.

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Another new addition comes in the form of deep Dropbox integration into Messenger. You'll be able to select Dropbox as one of the apps inside Messenger and instantly share anything from your strorage to a contact. Videos and images will pop up right in the feed, while docs and other files will be available by clicking a link through to Dropbox. All you need to make it work is Messenger on your phone and the latest version of the Dropbox app.

Expect more news from Facebook at the event today from 7pm Irish time.

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