The app is the sixth to be released by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team.
The app, called CatchUp, will allow users to see who of their contacts are available to chat via voice call.
In order for the app to work, all those a user wishes to connect with must have it downloaded to their mobile device. From there, they will be able to facilitate one-on-one chats or host group calls, which can be joined after they’ve already started.
Users are able to update their status to let others know when they’re online, and there’s an auto-availability feature that automatically updates one’s status when they’re connected to bluetooth.
There are also privacy settings in place, which allow people to decide who is able to join their calls.
CatchUp has been likened to Facebook’s Messenger Rooms, but with the difference of its focus on voice calls, as opposed to video. Through Messenger Rooms, users can host up to 50 people on a group chat.
As the app was released by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team, it’s currently unknown if it will be a mainstay or if it will be removed in the future. The team looks to develop consumer-focused apps.