Keeping up with the claims made at the Facebook F8 conference, WhatsApp has now officially launched both group video calling and group voice calling feature for iOS as well as Android users throughout the globe.
Back in May this year, WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook had announced their plans to introduce a number of new features in the internet-based instant messaging app WhatsApp. Months after the Facebook F8 Conference, WhatsApp has officially rolled out the group calling feature. With this, the instant messaging app has joined the club of Facebook Messenger and Instagram having the fancy-handy group video calling as well as group voice calling feature. They also claims that from now on, the group video and voice calling feature is live and accessible to all users, globally.
So about the feature, the group calling option on WhatsApp supports up to four people simultaneously, regardless of where those people are. To start the group call, start a one-on-one video or voice call with a single person and then add other participants from the top-right corner of the screen. One can add up to three participants for a total of four people in a video or voice call. Once connected, the functioning is pretty straightforward: you and other users can all talk to each other at once, with or without accompanying split-screen video.
WhatsApp also claims that these group calls are “end-to-end encrypted” just like their text chats and also promises that it works even in the “less-than-stellar network conditions”. And there’s more, WhatsApp says that the feature is functionally designed to work “reliably around the world in different network conditions”. So calling a lot of people at once is now accessible to 1.5 billion active users per month all around the world. The group video calling option is finally now in with a full swing.