One of the most requested features among users of the social networking service, video calling in group chats has finally made its way into the Facebook Messenger and it supports up to 50 people on the chat at once.
On Monday, the company announced the release of its video for group chats which will be available for both Android and iOS devices, as well as desktops.
Facebook Messenger’s one-on-one video call service was already being used by 245 million people every month and there was a huge demand for such service on group chats too; Facebook obliged.
“Now we’re bringing everyone on Messenger the ability to turn group chats into face-to-face conversations no matter where you are — whether you’re down the street or halfways across the world. Chatting face-to-face live as a group is perfect for those spontaneous moments when text just isn’t enough,” Stephane Tane, Product Manager, Facebook Messenger wrote.
How Does a 50-people Video Call Work?
This was the first question to come to my mind when I heard about this update — and Arnab Goswami’s Newshour charades made it to the fore of my imagination.
Well, it’s quite simple. So a total of 50 people can join the chat but only 6 dominant people will be shown on the video screen.
The others can either be spectators, join in via voice and try to make your voice heard — and help your decibel levels help you to reach among the dominant six.
How to Get the New Feature?
You just need to update your Messenger to the latest version of the app and go to an existing chat or create a new one, tap on the video icon on the upper right corner and all the members of the group chat will be notified.
They can join the conversation with a single tap, whenever they wish to. You even have the option to directly ring just a few people in the group too.
Ps. You might need to emulate the Newshour star to get on the front screen! Get ready for a fight if you’ve mean and crazy friends.
“We’re delighted to bring you the ability to chat face-to-face with those who matter to you most, wherever they are,” Stephane Taine added.
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