Collab, as the app is called, comes from Facebook's New Product Experimentation group and is now invite-only on iOS.
The people whose calls you dodge are sure to love this new app from Facebook.
In an official post the company said, "With Collab, we're leveraging technology to help people unlock creative superpowers by collaborating on original music videos from anywhere".
The app, which is still in beta, works by allowing users to record three separate short-form videos of them playing various instruments like drums or guitar or singing vocals. With the app, you can create your own arrangement by adding in your own recording or by swiping and discovering an arrangement to complete your composition.
The app is now only available on iOS devices in the United States and Canada via an invite-only basis. For its part, Facebook says the app was built so that people can make calls when they know the other person is free, because not knowing is "one of the key reasons people no longer make phone calls". Once the Collab is created, they can publish it for others to watch and mix and match further. So, it doesn't mean all of your relatives who are your Facebook friends will be able to call you more easily - just all the randos in your contacts who have also downloaded CatchUp.
CatchUp is not the first platform from Facebook that offers the group-chatting facility, as it now has WhatsApp, Messenger Rooms, etc. The app also gives users privacy settings so they can control who can join 1-on-1 and group calls.
Toggle the switch at the top of the app to indicate your availability: "Ready to Talk" or "Offline".
A report by TechCrunch reveals that the app shows who all are available to talk on the basis of a user's contact list and doesn't require anyone to have a Facebook account.
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