Mashable: Telegram now lets you video chat on group calls

Mashable: Telegram now lets you video chat on group calls. “Tired of voice chatting on Telegram? Well, as part of its latest update, you can now video chat with groups of people instead — whether you’re on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop. The new capability lives within the Voice Chat feature. Whenever you start a voice chat room, a camera icon will now appear. All you have to do is tap on it to enable your video.”

New York Times: Oh, So We’re Doing Random Video Chat Again?

New York Times: Oh, So We’re Doing Random Video Chat Again?. “Omegle, a website that pairs random visitors through video and text chat, has spiked in popularity over the last four months. (‘did i miss something why is everyone on omegle?’ one person recently tweeted.) The site is similar to the once wildly popular Chatroulette, which is also experiencing a renaissance of sorts, in that it is free, requires no registration and promises a surprising social experience.” As one who remembers Chatroulette, I think “surprising” is certainly one way to put it.

CNET: Telegram says group video calls are coming later this year

CNET: Telegram says group video calls are coming later this year. “To help its users stay in touch during the coronavirus pandemic and after, Telegram will add group video calls this year to its popular messaging app, the company said Friday. Telegram also noted that its app — available on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac, as well as through a web browser — now has 400 million monthly users, up from 300 million from a year ago.”

Vulture: I Can’t Wait to Bully My Friends With Instagram’s New Group Video Chat Feature

Sometimes I really wonder about these headlines. Vulture: I Can’t Wait to Bully My Friends With Instagram’s New Group Video Chat Feature. “In an attempt to entertain people who are bored or anxious or sad at home, Instagram announced several new features this week. (To those of you who are bored or anxious or sad at home because you are in a position to be able to stay home … thank you for doing so.)”

The Verge: Facebook is shutting down Bonfire, its Houseparty clone for group video chat

The Verge: Facebook is shutting down Bonfire, its Houseparty clone for group video chat. “Facebook is shutting down a clone of the group video chat app Houseparty, The Verge has learned. Bonfire, which Facebook began testing in the summer of 2017, will stop working sometime this month. The app began testing in Denmark in the fall of 2017, but it never came to the United States.”

Ars Technica: Code reveals Instagram may be close to launching voice, video chat features

Ars Technica: Code reveals Instagram may be close to launching voice, video chat features. “Instagram may soon add a new feature that keeps users in the app longer (if that’s even possible). According to a TechCrunch report, icons for ‘call’ and ‘video call’ lie buried in the Instagram and Instagram Direct APKs. This may signal that Instagram is close to debuting voice and video chatting options in its apps, features that have been rumored for the past couple of months. Instagram would not comment on the unearthed icons or its future plans.”

Digital Trends: The best video chat apps to help you stay in touch

Digital Trends: The best video chat apps to help you stay in touch. “With the introduction of smartphones touting front-facing cameras, a slew of tools for video chatting soon found their way to mobile devices. Many tech companies have even gone so far as to include their own proprietary chat clients in their products. Though, like any popular service, there also exists an array of third-party offerings available on both iOS and Android. Here are our favorite video-chat apps for streaming your beautiful mug.”

The Verge: Facebook is building a Houseparty clone for live group video chat

The Verge: Facebook is building a Houseparty clone for live group video chat. “Facebook is building a standalone app that incorporates ideas from Houseparty, the group video chat app that rose from the ashes of Meerkat, The Verge has learned. The app, which has the working name Bonfire, was recently demonstrated for employees. It is being targeted for a fall release, according to a person familiar with the matter. “

Is Amazon the Next Player in Video Chat?

Is Amazon going to be the next player in video chat? “Amazon’s purchases of Twitch and Elemental Technologies appear to be only two parts of a bigger strategy at the company to move deeper into video services through acquisition. Last year, the marketplace and cloud computing giant also quietly acquired a startup out of San Francisco called Biba Systems, which develops and operates video messaging apps aimed at business users. Sources say that Amazon has been working on its own video messaging service, which it plans to unveil during its re:Invent AWS conference later this month.”