On Sunday, Facebook launched the new update for Messenger which brings the app to version 100.0. So today at Life Around Tech, we will discuss about the latest additions to Facebook Messenger app.
Facebook announced that the updated app will be capable of group video call with up to 50 people. The app will stream camera feed of first six participants to one another in grid-view. After that, only the dominant speaker’s feed will be shown on the app. The video chat feature in Messenger is one of the sturdiest options in the field as compared to Microsoft Skype’s and Google Hangout’s 10-person limit on group video calls.
Also, Messenger is first mainstream chat platform to have this feature, stepping ahead of Snapchat, Google Duo, iMessage, and Apple’s Facetime.
“Group Video Chat is super easy to use (and, of course, free over WiFi!). You can see up to six people at a time… but don’t worry if your group is a little larger because up to 50 friends can join in and choose to just listen in and join via voice, or be on camera. Once more than 6 people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants”.
Apart from this, the updated Messenger will have a brand new user interface and ability to use live masks within the app.
The live masks feature probably has come from Facebook’s acquisition of MSQRD. MSQRD uses facial recognition feature to apply live masks. Masks are present in the new native camera app and group chat feature.
The post by Facebook explained the new changes in interface; it will help introduce the latest native camera further. The rounded edges on top of UI will allow users to swipe from main view to camera directly.
As per Marcus, the up to the minute Native Camera features “3D masks, style transfers, amazing art, frames, stickers, a canvas, and way more!”
The updated Facebook Messenger is available for iOS only for now in the iOS App Store as free download.
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