Snapchat gets group video calls and Mentions feature for tagging friends
04 April, 2018, 01:36
While Snapchat and Instagram continue to battle, new features are being released consistently.
The video chat feature, meanwhile, will allow up to 16 friends to conduct a video chat with each other simultaneously. "Just tap the video camera icon in a Group Chat to get your friends together!" From that notification, they can seamlessly join the call and start chatting. You start the voice call the same way you would a group video call by being within a group chat.
From there, all users of the group will be notified that they have been invited to a call. Users will also be able to filter Snapchat lenses over their faces, like the epochal rainbow vomiting mouth or puppy dog ears.
Starting a group call in Snapchat is relatively straightforward.
Users can either open a group chat they already have in Snapchat or they can start a new one and then select the small video icon in the chat.
Users can also join with just their voice, or send messages that others can read while they talk, Snap said. Snapchat originally introduced voice and video chat back in 2016. The feature appears when you press and hold down on certain "tiles" in the Discover part of the app. Every conversation is unique! That upgrade established Snapchat as a bigger player in live video chat, and now you can pull in many more users.
Video chatting is not new for Snapchat, nor is the ability to have more than a dozen users at once, the report notes.
In addition to the improved video call options, mentions are being added to stories and individual snaps by typing @username. Once they accept, you will see the name of each participant in the chat just above your keyboard. You can tag people in your storey or in snaps.