ooVoo Adds Four-Way Video Chats to Android App
ooVoo today released a new version of its mobile application for the Android platform that boosts the number of live feeds that can be seen at a time to four. The ooVoo app has always allowed users to conduct group video chats with up to 12 people, but chat windows were limited to one video feed at a time. Now, users can see four, live, high-quality video feeds in a single panel. The same four-way video chat feature has also been added to ooVoo's iPad app. In addition to the improved group video chat, the new application also includes group messaging, push notifications, and integration with the native Android address book. ooVoo messaging and video chats work over 3G, LTE 4G, and Wi-Fi.
Snapchat Adds Group Chats for Up to 16 People
Snapchat updated its mobile app today with a new feature. Users can now video chat with up to 16 of their friends at one time.
iOS 12 Adds Group FaceTime
Apple today said its FaceTime video chat app will support multi-person chats. It can handle between two and 32 people at a single time.
Facebook Messenger Gains Group Video Chats
Facebook today launched group video chats within Messenger. The tool will allow up to six participants to view one another in a live video call.
Facebook Improves User Control Over Group Chats in Messenger
Facebook today expanded the tools people can use to manage large group chats in Messenger. Administrator privileges allow people to approve new members before they can join a group chat, as well as remove members and promote/demote another user to/from the role of admin.
Facebook Adds Video Chat to Messenger Lite
Facebook today made its slimmed-down messaging app a bit more powerful with the addition of video chatting. Facebook calls video chats "an expected and essential part of everyday communication" and the company is pleased to offer the functionality to users of the Messenger Lite app.