Skype is currently one of the biggest names in video calling, but it surprisingly hasn’t made group chatting possible on its mobile platform. This is all set to change now with the company officially announcing that it’s begun rolling out the feature to Android and iOS.
Skype’s group video calling will be restricted to North America and Europe for the moment. The brand promises it’s going to make the tool available globally in March. Users will be able to view video streams in HD quality which are supposed to be optimized specifically for the device they’re utilizing. The firm has further adopted the SILK Super Wide Band audio codec to ensure clear sound.
Up to 25 people can participate in a video conference now, a major upgrade from the 5-person limit Skype had imposed earlier. Interacting with so many people at a time could be a daunting task, which is why the company has a flexible interface in place for its mobile platform.
A user may choose to talk with everyone in a grid format or switch to focus view, allowing Skype to automatically center on the active speaker. This might be difficult in practice if there are a lot of people talking at once. There’s also a Pin option which lets the consumer fix one participant to the stage.
People can additionally invite anyone to a group video call, including individuals who are not in their contact list or don’t have a Skype account. They simply have to send an invite containing a unique conversation link via email, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter or Messenger.
If the person has a Skype ID they can immediately join the conversation by clicking on the link. If they don’t, they’ll be able to connect through a computer using the desktop version of Skype. You can download the latest version of the app via Google Play or iTunes.