Snapchat has just announced a new feature that allows users to have group video chats with up to 16 friends. The feature is super easy to use; you simply tap the video icon in an existing group chat, or, you can start a call and invite anyone you want to join.
Like most other video chat platforms, users can turn on video or switch to just audio if they’re having a bad hair day. But one thing makes it distinct from others: Snapchat’s filters will also be available for use during calls.
The feature seems to be a logical addition to the app’s group chats. The only question is, why didn’t they do it sooner? Video chat with individuals and regular group chats have been available on the app for the past two years.
Perhaps they have been inspired by the recent success of the app Houseparty – or maybe it’s just a move to get more people away from Facebook after their recent controversy.
Along with the video chat feature, Snapchat is also introducing @mentions to the app. Users can now easily tag friends in their snaps and stories.
Whatever the motivation for the new update, it promises to be a popular addition to the app’s features.