WhatsApp today introduced improved calling features, including the ability to video chat with up to 32 people at once.
That is four times the previous amount. To help calm the inevitable chaos, the app lets you mute or message specific members without disturbing the group. Long-pressing on a participant opens their video or audio feed, allowing you to mute distracting background noise or text individually to start a new conversation.
And whether you accidentally left out a loved one or want to hear another colleague’s opinion, invite more people after a call has started by sharing a WhatsApp call link.
Rival chat apps also support video chats with 32+ people, including FaceTime and Signal.
Also in this update: colorful waveforms that come to life when someone with their camera off speaks, and in-call banner notifications that alert users to new group chat members. WhatsApp is also beta testing picture-in-picture on iOS, with plans to roll it out in the new year.
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As always, all calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted by default to protect people’s privacy and security.(Opens in a new window). “We will continue to make improvements next year as we continue to support high-quality private conversations on WhatsApp, wherever you are in the world.”
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