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Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Video Chat With Up to 50 People
By: The Verge
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Facebook today announced that its Messenger app is now capable of performing group video calls with up to 50 participants. For the first six participants, the app will stream everyone’s camera feed to one another in a grid-like view. After six, Messenger will display only the dominant speaker’s feed. That makes Messenger’s video chat feature one of the more robust options in the industry, seeing as how both Google Hangouts and Microsoft Skype have 10-person limits on their consumer products. The addition of video chat follows an April update that first added group calling to Messenger. Prior to that add-on, Facebook’s app was only capable of making one-on-one audio calls.

The social network is clearly interested in capturing both consumers and, with the recent launch of its Work software, office employees who do a fair amount of telecommuting and video conferencing. To that end, workplace chat app Slack beat Facebook to the punch, adding video chat just last week. In the mobile space, Facebook is dealing with a whole other breed of competitor. Snapchat added video calling earlier this year, while WhatsApp just made the feature available widely to the public last month. Still, Facebook’s engineering capabilities on this front appear to be far ahead of other players in the video chat field.

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