Facebook has begun quietly testing its new group chat app called Bonfire. The app is currently only available in Denmark and users can invite other people to join their Bonfire chats through the Messenger app. Facebook's Bonfire app was first spotted by The Next Web's Matt Navarra after browsing through the Danish Apple App Store. Based on TNW's videos, it looks like Bonfire also includes Snapchat-style effect when users are having a group video chat. Participants in the chat are also capable of sharing pictures from their Bonfire sessions via Instagram, Facebook and Messenger.
Facebook is said to be building a new standalone app that will enable users to have group video chats with their friends. Facebook's upcoming new app is said to be inspired by Houseparty, a group chat app that was developed by Life On Air, Inc. Facebook's new group video chat app is said to have the working name Bonfire, according to The Verge, who broke the news yesterday. The social network giant is said to be targeting a fall release, with the Bonfire app already being demonstrated to Facebook's employees. Not much is known about Facebook's new group chat app, but it will "incorporate ideas" from Houseparty. Houseparty was developed by Life On Air, the same company that created the once popular live streaming app Meerkat.
Facebook has created a new group video chat app called Bonfire. It appears to have been designed to encourage younger Facebook users to engage more with the site, but has only been made available to a limited number of smartphone users so far. The app lets you video chat with groups of friends, and features a number of Snapchat-style effects and overlays. Bonfire was first spotted by the Next Web's Matt Navarra, who managed to download it from the Danish App Store – the only country it's currently available in. "Bonfire is a group video chat app that lets you hang out with your best friends and meet new ones," reads the app's description. "When you open the app, instantly start video chatting with friends.
Facebook has been working on cloning Snapchat's features for awhile now, but that's not the only service the social media giant is looking to duplicate. The Verge reports that Facebook recently showed a Houseparty-style live group video chat app, called Bonfire, to its employees. Earlier this year, Facebook sent out a survey asking teens for their thoughts on why they enjoy using group video chat apps such as Houseparty and Fam. The popular Facebook Live feature contributed to the decline of Life on Air's previous app, Meerkat.
After copying Snapchat's biggest features to build Instagram Stories, Facebook is now looking to clone another app. The Verge notes that the social network is prepping Bonfire, a group chat app similar to one called Houseparty that launched last year. Houseparty comes from Life On Air, the folks who brought you the original livestreaming app Meerkat (which was cloned into Periscope). Having launched without a major global announcement around June (as far as we can tell), it grew steadily to over a million users by November 2016 and is popular among teens. Facebook's effort is said to offer near-identical functionality for starting group FaceTime-style calls instantly.