It was first reported earlier this year that Facebook was developing a standalone group video chat app called Bonfire. The app entered testing last month when Facebook released it on the Danish iOS App Store. The company is now expanding the test as the Bonfire group video chat app from Facebook has now been released for Android as well.
The Bonfire group video chat app is quite similar to the HouseParty app. It lets users conduct video chats with multiple contacts simultaneously. They can also use Snapchat-like filters during the chat. Users can also share pictures from their chats to social networks such as Instagram.
Those who get added to a Bonfire chat will receive a notification in Messenger. They can then join the chat and when they do, the formats are switched so that all participants in the group chat get equal space on the screen. A bigger video tile can also be shown for the person who is speaking.
Facebook is yet to announce the official release of the Bonfire app. It’s limited to the Danish App Store right now for iOS devices and the Android version is similarly geo-restricted. However, given that Android enables users to sideload devices, it’s pretty easy to find the APK file of the app online if you really want to try out this app.