Inspired by the stupendous growth of video meeting apps in social distancing times, WhatsApp has started rolling out a new feature for Abdroid and iOS beta users that allows eight participants, from the current limit of 4, to join group audio and video calls.
Spotted first by WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates, the latest WhatApp beta update has revealed the company is set to soon extend the limit of participants in a voice or video group call for its 2 billion users, including over 400 million in India.
Other participants also need to be on the same versions otherwise they cannot be added in the group call.
While you’re in a call, WhatsApp also shows a new header, informing that the call is end-to-end encrypted.
Late last month, 70 per cent more people participated in group video calls using Facebook Messenger week-over-week, and the amount time spent on those group video calls has doubled globally.
Similarly, voice and video calls on WhatsApp have more than doubled year-over-year in the places most impacted by the virus.
Apple’s FaceTime video calling tool supports 32 people while Facebook Messenger can support up to 50 people in a call.