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Facebook app version 5.5 adds calling feature to its iOS user base

fb1Amid fears that Facebook is losing its hold on the world, Facebook has released its new version, 5.5 for its iPhone and iPad user base. The new app allows free voice calling to the United States and Canada. This feature is an enhancement and an extension to Facebook’s Messenger application that allows users to chat on Facebook in addition to posting images, statuses and other info on your wall.

This seems like a bid to attract and hold the attention of its younger users like teens and young adults.

With new social media apps like Instagram making their way into app stores, Facebook is steadily losing favor with younger users.

Developers have now come out with a Voice Over-IP feature that allows users to make a free call with a Wi-Fi or data connection. Pick a friend from your Facebook list of friends and click on the ‘i’ button on your iPhone or iPad to make a free call. This feature is available only on Apple stores to date and will be available in Google’s Play Store soon.

5.5 version for the iPhone has a new and improved set of buttons for like, share and comment. Facebook is doing everything it can to engage a user in status updates and posts on their wall and those of other people.  Facebook aims to reducing the influx of users to Instagram and other social media apps with this update and future enhancements. Video calls over Wi-Fi like Skype offers could be next on the cards. For now, user interest has resurfaced with the new calling feature offered by iOS Facebook app 5.5.