Snapchat takes leaf from Facebook with group video, mentions

The new feature will allow 16 people can be on video during one call, or 32 people if they use the voice-only feature.

The users can even use lenses during the video chat.

Group Video Chat is the biggest new arrival, and lets up to 16 people join and participate in a video chat.

Once users are in a group (texting) chat, they can tap the camera icon in the corner of the chat screen to invite the rest of the group to a video conversation.

Simply enter an existing Group Chat, or create a new Group with the friends or family you'd like to see. You start the voice call the same way you would a group video call by being within a group chat.

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Snapchat added the option to video and voice chat to the app in 2016 but is expanding it with the latest update. This means that whenever someone mentions another user in their Story, that user will receive a notification via Chat informing them of the mention.

Your story viewers will be able to swipe up on your Snaps to watch the tagged account's public story or add them as a friend.

To tag a friend, users insert the '@' sign, type out their friend's username and then tap on the name of the user you want to tag.

Mentions in Snapchat work just like they do in other applications. Y'know, if you have that many friends.

Snapchat is also locked in an ongoing battle with Facebook's apps - including WhatsApp and Instagram - for the hearts and mind of teenage social media users. Facebook Messenger has filters too, but only supports six callers; Houseparty can handle eight callers, but doesn't have filters. This feature was originally reported last month, but it's now rolling out to a broader audience.


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