Social networking giant Facebook announced at its annual developer conference F8 that the popular instant messenger WhatsApp will soon get group calling feature. Just like other chats conducted on the app itself. The new group calling feature will allow up to four people to make calls simultaneously - anytime and anywhere. With WhatsApp's solution only supporting four participants and now only available for mobile users, it seems it's not aiming at Skype just yet.
Facebook said that group calls are encrypted end-to-end, and are created to work on low-bandwidth networks.
Participants can be added at any time, join later if the conversation is still active and choose to join using video or audio from an iPhone, iPad or Mac - or even participate using FaceTime audio from Apple Watch. The Instant messaging platform had previously teased the feature a few days ago. The "add participant" icon that WhatsApp has added for group video and audio calls will be disabled after a user adds a third participant. 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.
FaceTime in iOS 12 will offer support for adding up to 32 people in a group FaceTime call. Either way, more choice in apps is always better for us, the end users, so we're glad to see this core feature arrive on WhatsApp.