With more people using video and audio calls on platforms like zoom, Skype and Google Duo to communicate and stay connected with their friends and loved ones at this time where they are distanced from one other due to the global lockdown, it is no wonder that WhatsApp being the most used messenging platform decided to enhance its video and audio call feature to allow for better connectivity and interaction.
As revealed, the messaging app will soon extend the maximum limit of group video and audio calls to 8 participants. Originally the limit was set to allow only 4 participants, but as confirmed, soon you’ll be able to have group voice and video calls with up to 8 people. And as before, these audio or video calls are end-to-end encrypted, meaning no one else can view or listen to them, not even WhatsApp or Facebook.
This functionality is already spotted on beta versions but is expected to roll out on Android and iPhone devices anytime soon, and it will be available on only devices with the updated version of the app.
In addition, Facebook added a group video chat feature called Messenger Rooms that allows up to 50 people to be on a call at the same time. However unlike WhatsApp video call, messenger room doesn’t come with end-to-end encryption.
Watch this space for further news and also updates on how to get started using these new features.