Back in May, at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Whatsapp announced that new group voice and video calling features are on their way and would be integrated into the app later this year. Leaving users surprised, WhatsApp has already started rolling out the feature update globally.
According to the announcement, WhatsApp users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day, and have been enjoying the voice and video chat to the fullest. The company posted a blog post about the new feature release and expressed it’s excitement by adding, “We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today.”(July 30, 2018)
According to WhatsApp, they have designed the group calling feature to work smoothly across the globe in different network conditions. So, as long as you can get yourself online, you would be able to make group calls.
WhatsApp users will be able to make group calls around the world with up to 4 people simultaneously. To make a group call, an user have to initiate one-on-one voice or video call and then tap ‘add participant’ button on the top right corner of the screen to add more contacts to the call. Group calls are also end-to-end encrypted.
Feature roll out has already begun on the iPhone and Android versions of WhatsApp.
For the first time, voice calling feature was introduced to the app in 2014, while, the video calling feature came to the app about 2 years later.
The messaging app has been receiving updates one after the other. Recently, WhatsApp restricted forwarding of messages on the platform significantly and even put a ‘Forwarded’ label on forwarded messages to avoid misuse of the platform.