While WhatsApp is most popular for providing private and secure messaging to users around the world, more and more people are using WhatsApp as a way to connect with voice and video calls. For this reason, this year the APP has introduced several improvements to calls so that you can meet your loved ones, colleagues and communities safely.
“We’ve introduced new features that let you connect better as a group in calls,” WhatsApp said in a statement.
Here’s what’s new:
- Video calls with up to 32 people: Just like calls, you can now make video calls with up to 32 people on your phone, which is four times more than before.
- Send a message to or mute call participants– A long press on a participant will expand the video or audio feed and allow you to individually mute or message that person without leaving the call.
- Call links: Whether you’re making a last-minute call or planning a call in advance, you can easily invite people to a group call by sharing the call link.
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Also, the APP has made design changes to provide a smoother calling experience:
- Colorful waveforms: Now you can easily see who’s talking if someone’s camera is down.
- Call Banner Notifications: Get notified when someone new joins a group call.
- Picture in picture on iOS: It is being tested in a beta version that will be implemented next year. Thanks to the reduced in-call video screen, you can now multitask while in communication.
As always, all calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted by default to protect people’s privacy and security.
For more details: https://www.whatsapp.com/