Facebook announces group video calls for Messenger

Following the launch of a Snapchat-like camera UI for Messenger, Facebook today announced group video calls for Messenger. The company’s latest feature, as the name implies, allows users to make a video with a group of their friends. If you are in a group on Messenger, you can simply start a video call right from there and Messenger will automatically start the video call with the active members in the group — after that, you can also add other members of the group who aren’t active to the call if you want. A neat feature in group video calls on Messenger is the ability to put on live masks while you are in a group video call.

You can watch the feature in action below:

Group Video Chat on Messenger

Posted by Messenger on Friday, December 16, 2016

Facebook adding group video calls to Messenger is definitely quite a huge threat to Microsoft’s Skype as people are more likely to use Messenger when they want to chat with their friends or family as they are already connected via Facebook. On Skype, that’s not the case. But of course, we’ll have to wait and see if Skype gets impacted by this in the near-future.

It’s worth noting that the feature is initially launching on iOS, which is possibly a good thing if you are a Windows 10 user. As the Messenger app for Windows 10 is ported to Windows 10 from the iOS app, most of Messenger’s new features arrive on Windows 10 soon after iOS. For example, Messenger’s new camera UI was announced on the 15th of December for iOS and Android, but it arrived in the Windows 10 app just a day later. Therefore, don’t be surprised if group video calls arrive on your Windows 10 device within the next few weeks.

As usual, we’ll let you know when group video calls on Messenger arrive on Windows 10 devices.

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