Facebook has released an update for their Messenger app with improved camera and also introduced 3D effects, stickers, and masks that can be added to photos and videos — similar to Snapchat. These 3D effects can be used in real time during video calls as well — it’s available for iOS at launch, and it’s coming to Android soon.
“We designed this experience with mobile phones in mind,” Song said. “And we were trying to figure out how we can create this party or fun atmosphere with a set of people. Being able to get in the same space and have that energy that you would if you were in the same physical space is what this is really for.”
If the video call limit has filled up or if you’re at work and can’t join in, you can still see what’s going on and respond with messages or your voice. The company says up to 50 people can listen in a group call and “chime in via voice” or continue to send messages as well.
You’ll have to create a group or be in an existing one to be able to tap on the group video call icon — each person can join in when they’re ready with a tap, and you can ring certain people or the whole group.