Facebook announced a new experimental app–CatchUp. The app has been developed by the company’s experimental NPE team. The app allows people to connect over audio/voice calls with up to 8-users. With just one tap you can make a group call. Along with group calls, you can also make one-to-one calls.
Users can make calls without any Facebook account. CatchUp uses your phone contact list so the app requires permission for contacts. They can even set the status as ‘Ready to Talk’ or offline. Apple’s FaceTime app works like the same but it deals with voice calling. The app is exclusively available to iPhone users.
“Based on our studies, we found that one of the main reasons people don’t call friends and family more frequently is that they don’t know when they are available to talk or are worried they may reach them at an inconvenient time. CatchUp addresses this problem, and even makes group calling as easy as one tap”, the Facebook blog post reads.
The app is currently available in the US for Android and iOS platforms. Facebook said the app adheres to Facebook’s Terms of Service, Data Policy, and NPE Team Supplemental Terms.