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Facebook has announced that its Messenger app is now capable of performing group video calls with up to 50 participants. This expands on the group calling feature which was added back in April.

Facebook Messenger brings its own split-screen group video chat feature where six users can appear in split-screen at the time and “wear” Snapchat-style selfie masks, while 50 total can listen and talk over voice while sending text, stickers, emojis, and GIFs.

Group video chat starts rolling out worldwide on iOS, Android, and web, today, though Android will have to wait for the MSQRD-powered selfie masks that might not ever come to desktop.

It’s free on wi-fi but standard data charges will apply on cellular connections.

Rapid Store Facebook Messenger Group Video Chat rolling out

According to facebook,245 million people make video calls in Messenger every month,

“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.”

Messenger Group Video Chats

Holiday goodness delivery #2 (of 2)…By *very* popular demand, and after a lot of work to get it right, we bring you group video chats to Messenger on Android, iOS, and desktop on Messenger.com worldwide starting today!When you want to get together and see and hear each other face-to-face with multiple people, tap on the video camera icon in any group thread to start streaming video. This will notify (not ring) everyone in the said group so they can join at any time, and reciprocate. You can also decide to ring specific people's phones in the group to make sure they join when you truly need them. It’s almost as good as getting together in a living room with your friends and family!Last but not least, those of you on iOS will also have the ability to add 3D masks to make these live video conversations even more fun! Masks will also come to Android soon.We hope you will love this new experience. And as always, please give it a try and send feedback our way so we can make it even better for you in the future!

Posted by David Marcus on Montag, 19. Dezember 2016

Instead of simply logging into an ever-present video chat room that notifies friends like on Houseparty, users deliberately select friends or a group text thread to invite to a video call.

Once in, up to 4 Messenger users can share big slices of the screen, while Houseparty accommodates 8. Between 4 and 6 callers, the Messenger screen switches to a gallery format, with whoever is speaking taking up the bulk of the screen with little thumbnails of everyone else at the bottom.

Everyone beyond the first 6 up to 50 callers will only be able to listen, speak, and send content but won’t appear in the video gallery.

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Rapid Yvonne
Rapid Yvonne is our Android expert. Proficient in developing for the Android platform, Yvonne handles all our clients who have issues with developing for the Android platform. Born and raised in France, she has a tendency to mumble to herself in French, which seriously gets to the rest of the team.