By: Nirupam Manik, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 13:49
Just recently, Facebook introduced new 3D masks and special effects in its Messenger Camera in yet another attempt to take over Snapchat.
Just recently, Facebook introduced new 3D masks and special effects in its Messenger Camera in yet another attempt to take over Snapchat. However, dubbing it as Christmas present, the social network giant has now introduced the most requested 'Group Video Chat' feature to Facebook Messenger. The update has been rolled out for Android, iOS and the web version as well.
Though you can video chat in a group with only six people at a time, however, you can add up to 50 people in the group who can just opt in to listen and join via voice or be on camera, claimed Facebook in its blog post. Further, as soon as the call has more than six members, only the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.
To start a group video call, just dig into an existing group on Facebook Messenger or start a new one. If you happen to have the latest version of Facebook Messenger, you will notice a new video icon on the top right inside the group chat menu. Each person in the group can join in when ready with just a single tap. You can further directly ping, if you want to chat with some selected members of the group.
As mentioned before, Facebook recently revamped its Messenger app service and added a bunch of new features such as 3D masks, photo filters and special effects into its built-in camera just like Snapchat.
The new camera app is prominent at the bottom of your display, making it simple to snap a shot or shoot a video. In order to take a photo, you need to open the camera and just tap, while a long press will record a video. One can also add 3D mask and special effect to the images. There is also a palette button which launches a blank canvas through which you can add stickers and other effects to your text.
On the other hand, Snapchat also recently introduced group chat feature to its app through which one can Snap and Chat with upto 16 people. Further, Snapchat also collaborated with Shazam to bring in music identification feature to its app. To know more, click here.