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New Facebook Messenger app has hidden video capability

updated 10:10 pm EDT, Tue August 9, 2011

Likely ties in with Skype collaborative effort

Just two weeks after a hidden iPad-native version of its app was uncovered in code for the recently-updated Facebook iPhone app, researchers have uncovered a buried and unfinished video-calling component in the company's new Facebook Messenger chatting application, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The hidden code works on both Android and iOS versions of the app and will likely tie in with the company's Skype tie-ins to give the app future video calling ability between Facebook users.

The code doesn't appear to be "ready for prime time" and may not fully work in its present state even if one has the technical and coding knowledge to activate it, unlike the easily-activated (but quickly blocked) Facebook iPad app. Both point to future versions of the Facebook apps that will greatly expand the abilities found in the current editions. Facebook and Skype jointly announced last month that they would work together to integrate video and audio calling into the Facebook website. [via 9to5Mac]

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