Days after launching the new camera experience on Android and iOS platforms, Facebook is with yet another big news. Starting today, you can enjoy the group video chat/calling on Android, iOS and desktop versions of Messenger. Group Video Chat in Messenger will make it simple and seamless to stay connected face-to-face with your friends and family, from anywhere.
According to Facebook,
More and more people use messaging in groups for lots of different reasons like keeping everyone up to date, planning a family vacation or to share a few jokes. With 245 million people making video calls in Messenger every month, 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 halfway across the world. Chatting face-to-face live as a group is perfect for those spontaneous moments when text just isn’t enough… or when you have a major case of FOMO. It’s the best way to share the news you just got a job (or into college), have your kids wish grandma a happy birthday, tell a funny story to the people you love or just see your friends live while wearing fun 3D masks (iOS only for now – Android coming soon) to an everyday conversation.
To get started, you will need to have the latest version of Messenger installed. Once done, head to over to a group conversation, then tap on the video icon on the upper right of the screen to enter the video chat and everyone in the group will be notified. Each person can join when they are ready with just one tap. For an extra nudge, you can also directly ring just a few people or the whole group.
Currently, up-to six people can participate … but if your group is a little larger because up to 50 friends can join in and choose to just listen in and join via voice, or be on camera. Once more than 6 people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.
Take a look at the video to get a better idea.