Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Snapchat Introduces New Group Video Chat Feature

Snapchat Introduces New Group Video Chat Feature

Social media app Snapchat has added a new feature which allows up to 16 people to join a video call. As with many of Snapchat's past updates, Instagram is not far behind, as one recent article found a hidden group video chat feature buried in the platform's codebase. This feature allows groups of up to 16 friends to instantly start video chatting together, as you can see in the above screenshots.

Tap the video icon to start a live group video call. When a group member opens the call, their name bubble will light up above your keyboard, letting you know they're on. Group chat members will then get invites to take part in the video chat, which they can join on a video, audio-only, or text messaging basis. Your friends can also join the chat with just their voice with an option to toggle between the two. Group chat could be the next new activity to consume its 187 million daily users. And there is great news for those who like general tomfoolery; Lenses are available to use during a group video chat.

Group video chatting is fairly straightforward in its approach. With the update, users will also be able to voice chat with up to 31 people, according to a Snap release.

If you're tagged in a Snap, you'll receive a notification Snapchat's chat section that you've been mentioned in a Story.

The company has had a rocky few months, having seen £1 billion wiped off its share price in February after reality TV star Kylie Jenner said she no longer used the service - she has since returned.

The tagging feature will let users tell friends when they've posted a video they're featured in or promote a brand or celebrity by making it easier for others to add them.

The immitated becomes the immitator: It is now Snapchat's turn to co-opt hot features from less-popular rivals.

Snapchat is a free download on the App Store.

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