Snapchat finally gets group video chat

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Photo-sharing platform Snapchat has introduced a new "Group Video Chat" feature that will make connecting with friends and family more fun.

Group video chat wasn't the only new feature Snapchat unveiled on Tuesday.

Group Video Chat is the biggest new arrival, and lets up to 16 people join and participate in a video chat. "Just tap the video camera icon in a Group Chat to get your friends together!" The members of the group will be notified that they've been invited to a call.

Snapchat now supports video calls for up to 16 people and voice calls for up to 32 people.

Users can add filters and lenses to themselves while in the middle of a group video chat.

Snapchat announced today that users on both iOS and Android will soon be able to start group video chats with their friends.

Snapcat is finally joining the rest of the messaging world with support for group video calling coming down the pipeline.

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.

Snapchat is also locked in an ongoing battle with Facebook's apps - including WhatsApp and Instagram - for the hearts and mind of teenage social media users.

Late last month, the firm introduced a new feature to Snap Maps, called Map Explore, that lets you easily discover what your friends are up to. Snapchat will be bringing the feature to more users and markets over the next week. It will also match a feature in Facebook's Messenger app.

Instead of having to scroll through Snap Maps to see where your friends are, Snapchat will start giving you updates that you can swipe through.

Snapchat is a free download on the App Store.

So, if video chatting is something you and your friends use, you can now do it in Snapchat in addition to all of the other apps that offer such functionality. This should make it a (ahem) snap to tag the right person.