Popular Canadian mobile instant messaging app Kik now allows users to video chat with friends. Unlike other popular video call providers, such as Facebook Messenger, Apple’s FaceTime or WhatsApp’s recently added video calling option, video chat heads will float above the chat – rather than taking over the screen..
To access the feature, users have to tap the video chat button in the upper-right hand corner. The floating video bubbles mean people can continue to send messages and content, such as photos, stickers, and GIFs, while video chatting with their friends.
A group chat feature, for up to six people, also exists and, so people cannot spend the entire conversation wondering how good they look, the feature will push users’ video bubbles to the side off of the screen.
The video chat feature the second major addition to the Kik app this year. In April, Kik introduced a ‘Bot Shop’ to its messaging app – enabling users to download chatbots.