Photo sharing app Snapchat rolled out the group video chat feature to make chats with friends more expressive and fun. The group video chat feature will begin to be rolled out to Snapchatters globally this week.
'Now you can video chat with up to 16 of your friends at one time. Just tap the video camera icon in a Group Chat to get your friends together! Friends in the Group Chat will receive a notification inviting them to join,' the company said in a blog post.
How you express yourself is up to you. You can use Lenses, join only with your voice or simply send messages that others can read while they talk.
Snapchat recently rolled out hands-free mode that allows users to capture 60 seconds of video without having to hold down the record button – just as we do normally while recording in the app.
To activate the feature, press the record button, then drag downward and you are good to go. The app will still break up videos into 10-second clips, a feature currently available for recordings that are over 10 seconds.
The update does not appear in Snapchat's app notes for beta users, but a prompt is shown when a user records a video.
In addition to the beta programme roll out, Snapchat has also silently introduced a full-body AR camera to the official version of the app (10.26.1.0). The new AR camera is an update to world lens feature, wherein users can use AR to add digital animations to their surroundings.
When Snapchat's camera identifies a body, it places a cloud above the person and follows them as they move.