Tuesday, 20 December 2016

You Can Now Make Group Video Calls On Messenger

Facebook just keeps on adding more features to Messenger.Last week it added a special camera feature to the app, and today it's added something new again.

You can now make group video calls on Facebook Messenger.

My reaction

Up to six people can be seen at the same time in any group video chat, but up to 50 persons can join in via voice - or just listen. Once more than six people are on camera, only the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.

This is apparently the most requested feature for Messenger, so it's clearly going to be well received by users across the world. Group video chat is rolling out starting today to Messenger's website as well as its apps for Android and iOS. And, amazingly, there's no geo-restriction here, the rollout is for the whole world.

Facebook says 245 million people have been making (one-to-one) video calls each month, and we assume the usage numbers will skyrocket thanks to the new functionality. To use group video chat, you need to have the latest version of Messenger, then go into an existing group conversation and tap the video icon in the upper right part of the screen. You've thus entered the video chat and every member of that group will be notified. From that point on everyone can join with just one tap. You are also able to call a select subset of people in the group.

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