Snapchat Rolling Out Group Video Chat & Mentions For Stories Feature

Krales  The Verge

Krales The Verge

Snapchat is expanding its group chats, so users can now video chat with as many as 16 people at a time. To start a group voice call, just tap the phone icon in a group chat. When a group member opens the call, their name bubble will light up above your keyboard, letting you know they're on.

Snapchat now supports video calls for up to 16 people and voice calls for up to 32 people. For users who don't want to be seen in the video, there's going to be an option that would let them join the group chat using only their voice. To do so, just before you post your Snap as a Story, simply type @ and the username of the person you'd like to mention in it (they'll receive a notification). Now, Snapchat has introduced the group video chat feature, along with mentions, which will bring the app at par with its competitors like the Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

The new group calling feature was launched today and will roll out to users around the world in the near future. Snapchat also announced today that it will start supporting Mentions for its Stories feature. Being able to tag brands in marketing campaigns and advertisements will allow popular influencers to more easily promote products and services.

Snapchat is having a bad time for a few months now.

Snapchat is a free download on the App Store. The feature appears when you press and hold down on certain "tiles" in the Discover part of the app.

Regular Instagrammers should recognise the feature, as it's been available on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app for yonks. The "voice filters" allows users to remix the sound of their voice in various different styles, including that of a cat or an alien.

Map Explore also gives users updates for other "moments" like breaking news, events and trends.

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