Signal secure messaging app launches encrypted group video calls

Those who who want to use the feature will have to make sure they’re running the latest version of the app. Signal will automatically update legacy groups to the new groups interface, which shows a video call button at the top of the chat, in the coming weeks. Group calls will display the participants in a grid view, but users can easily swipe up to switch to a view that focuses the screen on the person who’s currently speaking.

The bad news is that Signal’s group video calling feature won’t work for big classes or meetings, since it’s currently limited to five participants only. The app’s developer says it’s working to expand the number of people that can join video calls, though, with the promise of making that happen “soon.”