Facebook has released a new app called CatchUp which facilitates phone calls between friends who are ready to chat. It is like Messenger Rooms for voice calls, offering the ability to see when your friends are online and ready for a voice call.
“Catching up has never been this easy. See who’s available and effortlessly join one-on-one and group calls. Never play phone tag or make an appointment to call someone again. Keep in touch more, think about it less. Any time you’re free to talk, CatchUp!”
Users have the option to set their status to let others know if they are up for a talk and create a group to chat with. One other function called auto availability function will automatically update your status when connected through Bluetooth.
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It is a new way to connect people. Though you can call via messenger anyway this new addition of CatchUp offers users to see when people are especially up for an audio chat. It is interesting to see Facebook’s NPE- New Product Experimentation team seeking to capitalize on with its test apps. It may be its trending social app Clubhouse which the company is looking to track. The clubhouse is an audio-only chat app that has got a rising interest in some circles over a few weeks.
So far NPE has released 6 news apps over the last 6 months. These are:
- Kit – Offers increased messaging options through Apple Watch
- Whale – Allow users to create memes via tools and templates
- Hobbi – Allows users to gather images of creative hobbies and set them on boards to keep track of personal development.
- AUX – A DJ app, which makes users try to get their songs on a group playlist.
- Bump – A chat that focuses on introducing students to others nearby.
And now it releases CatchUp, offering connections through voice calls.
Facebook Statement In Explanation To The NPE Team:
“We decided to create this separate developer name to help set the appropriate expectations with people that, unlike Facebook’s family of apps, NPE Team apps will change very rapidly and will be shut down if we learn that they’re not useful to people. We expect many failures. We also want to minimize disruption to the billions of people who use Facebook apps every day.”
Users can find the CatchUp app on the App Store and on the Google Play Store.