With over 1 billion people staying at home in response to lockdown measures by countries across the world to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the need to maintain communication is top most.
WhatsApp in a bid to keep its users from migrating to other apps with more features, keeps adding new features with each major update. According to recent posts from WABetaInfo, the company is preparing to increase the group video and audio call limits on the messenger.
WABetaInfo revealed that the latest Android beta version of WhatsApp contains code suggesting that users with the latest version of the app will be able to hold calls with more people. No specific number was given, although WABetaInfo says it will be an even number and there is no indication of when this feature will be added.
Over the last couple of months, the company has added several new features to the messenger including the much-awaited dark mode, support for fingerprint unlock, and more.
Along with the new group call limit, WhatsApp is also working to add a new call header to the app which is already available in WhatsApp beta for Android v.2.20.129.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular IP-based messengers, with over two billion users around the world. WhatsApp first introduced group audio and video calling on the messaging platform in 2018 and the feature currently only allows a maximum of 4 participants per call.
WhatsApp may not be able to match Google Hangouts and Zoom which allow up to 250 users to participate at once with some of them requiring paid subscriptions to do so but WhatsApp is free.
Though WhatsApp could give Skype a run for their money if they meet the 50 person cap and have a lot of small and medium sized businesses using it for that purpose. Since the easier it is to communicate, the more people embrace it, WhatsApp may hit gold with this new update.