WhatsApp Gains Group Video and Voice Calling

WhatsApp updated to support four-person video chat - GSMArena.com news

WhatsApp has just confirmed that it's adding a radical new way to chat on the app.

WhatsApp says that all calls are encrypted and this new feature is engineered to work even under slow network conditions easing the users to make conference calls anytime, anywhere. Once call gets connected, a new "add participant" icon at the top right corner of the call screen can be clicked to add more participants from the contact list. However, on Android, video calling is only available on Android 4.1.

With the latest update, both Android and iOS users can now hold audio and video conversations with up to four people. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to quickly initiate a call with an entire WhatsApp group. "It has also been pointed out that such a platform can not evade accountability and responsibility, especially when good technological inventions are abused by some miscreants who resort to provocative messages, which lead to spread of violence".

Facebook said that group calls are encrypted end-to-end, and are created to work on low-bandwidth networks.

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WhatsApp group call will compete against apps like Duo, Skype and its own sister apps-Messenger and Instagram. Group voice and video calling is not a new feature, as other apps such as Google Hangouts have supported it for a long time. This means a user can add up to three contacts on a group audio and video call.

It is now possible to simultaneously video chat with up to four friends on WhatsApp.

FaceTime in iOS 12 will offer support for adding up to 32 people in a group FaceTime call.

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