Snapchat adds 16-person group video chat feature

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Most teens now use a popular video calling app called Houseparty for group video calls, but being able to make video calls with your friends without needing to leave Snapchat will be a huge convenience for many.

"We designed Chat to feel less like texting and more like hanging out", Snapchat said in a blog post Tuesday. This feature allows groups of up to 16 friends to instantly start video chatting together, as you can see in the above screenshots.

Users can start the group chat with just a tap on the video icon. This is a group that is obsessed with checking the app for streaks with friends, which is when they maintain consecutive days of messaging each other.

If you have a bigger squad, Snapchat supports group voice calls of up to 32 people. You start the voice call the same way you would a group video call by being within a group chat. This new feature is rolling out to Snapchat users globally this week, so keep an eye out for it to land soon if you aren't seeing it immediately. As usual, all of the same face filters will be available to users while they're in a group video chat. Most famously, Instagram took, name and all, Snapchat's Stories, the 24-hour video diaries that disappear at the end of the day. This means that whenever someone mentions another user in their Story, that user will receive a notification via Chat informing them of the mention. If someone tags you in their story, you'll get a notification in chat.

Snapchat also announced it will add Mentions, where you can @ a specific username to tag them in a snap.

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Mentioning other users is a rather trivial feature for regular consumers but is extremely valuable to celebrities and high-profile users that have large audiences.

Both features are set to roll out in the next week.

Snapchat has upped the ante in its bid to separate itself as the social media outlet of choice for younger consumers.

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