WhatsApp voice and video group calling rolls out to all Android and iOS users


Social networking giant Facebook announced at its annual developer conference F8 that the popular instant messenger WhatsApp will soon get group calling feature. Today, the company has announced that it has started rolling out the group calling feature for both voice and video calls globally.

In an official blog post the company said, “Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We're excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today.”

The feature allows users to make calls with up to 4 users at a time. Users just need to start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new "add participant" button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call.

The company also claims that group calls are end-to-end encrypted and are designed to work on different networks. The feature is available for both Android and iOS users.

In order to make a group call, users just need to follow simple steps. In order to start a one-on-one voice or video call, users first need to tap of the new “add participant” button placed on the top right corner and then app participants to it.

The company said that during the group voice call users will not have to switch the voice call to a video call. Moreover, during a video call users will have an option to turn off the camera by clicking on the camera icon. Along with this, users will also have the option to remove a contact during a voice or video call.

Recently, it was reported that iPhone app for WhatsApp have been updated and now it enables users to to send WhatsApp group messages directly by speaking to Siri.




WhatsApp Completes the Rollout of Group Voice, Video Calling to its 1.5 Billion Users

WhatsApp, on Tuesday, announced that it has rolled out its group calling feature for both voice and video options on iOS and Android devices for its 1.5 billion users. The group calling feature supports up to four people simultaneously. “You can make a group call with up to four people total — anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

WhatsApp users currently spend over two billion minutes on calls per day. “Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions,” WhatsApp added and reported by IANS.

At Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference in May, WhatsApp had announced to bring group calling support on its platform. To recall, the instant messaging service unveiled video chatting in 2016 and voice calling in 2014.

In other news, WhatsApp is working hard to reduce the impact the spam and misinformation on the platform. Alongside the group video, voice calling, the latest versions of WhatsApp for iOS and Android also brought in various features related to forwarding messages on the platform.

Recently, WhatsApp confirmed that a user can now forward a message to just five chats at once. The forwarding limit is already being rolled out to both the Android and iOS users on the portal. Furthermore, the instant messaging platform also stated that it would be removing the quick forward button which appears when a media message arrives in a chat.


 

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