Much awaited WhatsApp feature goes live for both Android and iOS

Yolanda Curtis
July 31, 2018

WhatsApp had first launched voice calling in 2014 and added video calling feature in 2016.

WhatsApp has just confirmed that it's adding a radical new way to chat on the app.

While FaceTime supports up to 32 people in a group video call, group video calling in WhatsApp is limited to four people in total.

The functionality is pretty simple: To start the video call with one of the contacts, a button on the top right corner of the screen will let the user add another participant to call. The feature then rolled out for WhatsApp beta users on Android earlier this June.

While WhatsApp has yet to release out the stickers feature for Android, the instant messaging app has finally begun rolling out its long-awaited group audio and video calling feature.

WhatsApp states that group calls are always end-to-end encrypted. The "add participant" icon that WhatsApp has added for group video and audio calls will be disabled after a user adds a third participant. However, in the face of everything, the company is not slowing down when it comes to working on new features and gradually adding them to the platform.

Facebook said that group calls are encrypted end-to-end, and are created to work on low-bandwidth networks. While there are existing workarounds to that, we doubt that most people would want to go through the hassle.

In a post on their blog WhatsApp said: "Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp".

WhatsApp group call will compete against apps like Duo, Skype and its own sister apps-Messenger and Instagram.

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