Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday officially rolled out its group calling feature for all users on Android and iOS. The company claims that its users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. "The feature is now rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of our app", reads the WhatsApp blog post posted on July 30. In order to start a group call, you should start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the "add participant" button in the top right corner to add other contacts.
India is WhatsApp's largest market with over 250 million users, and with an overwhelming majority of users relying on mobile data, it makes sense to optimize the feature to work on 2G and 3G networks.
When you receive a group voice or a video call, the incoming call screen will show you all the participants now on the call.More news: Sacha Baron Cohen demonstrates his pedophile-detecting wand on Roy Moore
This allows up to four people to chat simultaneously within the app with each person appearing on the screen at the same time.
Social networking giant Facebook announced at its annual developer conference F8 that the popular instant messenger WhatsApp will soon get group calling feature. The group support is available for both video and audio call formats.
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To see if you have it, make sure you're on v2.18.232 beta, which you can grab from the Play Store or from APK Mirror, and check your notifications. Users can then search for or select another contact they want to add to the call. In WhatsApp, the number has been kept to 4 people in total.
"We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we'll continue to improve our app with features like this one".More news: Clint Capela re-signs with Houston for five-years, $90M