Group video chatting is Snapchat's newest feature (and Instagram's sudden idea)

Group video chatting is Snapchat's newest feature (and Instagram's sudden idea)

Snapchat has now revealed group video chat, alongside the ability to add mentions to the Stories feature.

Up to 16 people can talk, and use the Snapchat lenses in the new video chat.

Video chatting with your friends is more in line with private messaging than anything. In addition to the new 16 person video chat, Snapchat now supports @ mentions like Twitter does.

Starting the chat is pretty easy, as you will simply tap the video icon when in a group chat. Each group member will be notified that they've been invited to a call. Even, users can opt for an audio-only chat with a maximum of 32 members. Users also have the option to toggle between video and voice.

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

Snapchat says that group video chats will be available worldwide later this week. People that see tagged snaps will be able to swipe up and add the person as a friend, according to The Verge.

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Mentions in Snapchat work just like they do in other applications. Allowing you to annoy everyone on the bus or in the office when you forget your headphones and jump into a video call with 15 of your closest friends.

The feature was spotted last month, and is officially rolling out with the new update.

Instagram, owned by Facebook, has been a relentless Borg-like foe to Snapchat, assimilating its best features and threatening its business survival.

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.

Snapchat is a free download on the App Store.

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