Aug 31: According to Twitter/X owner Elon Musk, the company is about to launch video and audio calls.
In a tweet Thursday, Musk also listed some of the feature’s traits: It will work on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC, he wrote, and no phone number will be needed.
Video & audio calls coming to X:
– Works on iOS, Android, Mac & PC
– No phone number needed
– X is the effective global address book
That set of factors is unique.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2023
Musk didn’t say anything about when the feature might launch, besides saying it’s “coming.”
This is not the first time we’ve heard of audio and video calls on Twitter/X. The company’s designer Andrew Conway shared screenshots of the feature in action back in July.
ring ring pic.twitter.com/1WemXRhFZf
— Andrea Conway (@ehikian) July 7, 2023
In the screenshot, the audio and video call options are added in the top left of the DM screen. There’s no word on whether this feature will only be available for Blue subscribers.
Musk calls video and audio calls on Twitter/X “unique” as he deems X the “effective global address book.” To us, it makes more sense to call people you already know and have in your address book, and most of us do that either directly, or in an app such as WhatsApp, which is also available on all major platforms.
The audio and video calls are, however, another step towards Musk’s vision of X becoming the “everything app,” which will include chat, calls, banking, payment services, and more.