Facebook Testing New Audio Calling App: CatchUp

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A new app from Facebook called CatchUp is being tested.

According to TechCrunch:

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, has today launched a new app called CatchUp that makes it easier for friends and family in the U.S. to coordinate phone calls or set up group calls with up to 8 people. While there are a number of group chat apps available to users today, what makes CatchUp unique is that the calls it enables are audio-only, not video, and it flags when users are available. In addition, CatchUp won’t need a Facebook account to use the service — the app works with your phone’s contacts list.

It us said that the app got its inspiration from the house party app. Base on the description of the app:

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!

Facebook has built the app to address “one of the key reasons people no longer make phone calls”. Also video call option was not included because of the fact that it is not always convenient.

The app lets users create groups, as well as placing one-on-one calls. What makes CatchUp unique is the fact that it doesn’t need a Facebook nor Whatsapp account to use. Also its interface is simple and easier to use, hopefully making it more accessible to older relatives and those who aren’t tech-savvy.

According to reports from TechCrunch, the app is currently being tested in the U.S. “for a limited time on iOS and Android”. It can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store.

Hopefully, if it successfully passes the testing stage, we will see it in Nigeria.

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