Saturday, April 13

WhatsApp To Launch Group Video Calls, Tests Feature

Facebook owned messaging service WhatsApp has been spotted testing its Group Video call feature, as it gears up to add many feature in its application. As per some reports, WhatsApp Group Video call may allow a user to add as many as 3 members in the group chat.

Currently, WhatsApp allows video calls with only one person at a time. Generally, its users have been using Facebook’s Messenger, Hangouts or Skype to video call with their friends group. This is one of the most awaited updates in WhatsApp’s history after it introduced WhatsApp Call.

Facebook has already added support for group video calls, not so long ago, hence making the move more obvious. However, you can add as many people in a Facebook Group Video Call, but same may not imply on WhatsApp. This development was first reported by WABetaInfo, a fan-based website, which is often accurate about the claims it makes.

WhatsApp is currently having over 1.5 billion monthly active users, and is available in 50+ languages around the world with 10 Indian regional languages. WhatsApp has been really exploring its features and it has already come long way from when it started. It is definitely aiming to become one solution for every chat related uses.

It had also launched its WhatsApp Business App which is available for free for businesses to make it easier for them to connect with customers. WhatsApp Business has features to support a small enterprises and  businesses where they can create a profile and display details like their addresses, working hours, quick replies, away messages and reports on how many messages were sent or received and client activity. It can be accessed on different devices as well, using a single account.

After this, WhatsApp added a feature called “delete for everyone” in group and personal chats, where a user can delete a sent message in a group or over a personal chat within 7 minutes of sending the message. However, the user is notified of the message being deleted.

In December 2017, WhatsApp accidentally rolled out a feature called “private reply” on Windows Phone Beta users. According to @WABetainfo, the company added the feature only in the beta version and had taken it back in the next beta update. ‘In the new WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.344, the private reply feature is disabled. Probably WhatsApp has wrongly enabled it in 2.17.342,” WABetaInfo tweeted that time.

As per the release on the fan-run blog, WhatsApp will also be launching a new button next to emoji and gifs where a user will be able to download additional sticker packs.

“Tapping the + button, WhatsApp will present on the chat screen the WhatsApp Stickers Packs Store, where it will be possible to view two sections,” the post says.


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