WhatsApp to Get Group Voice & Video Calling Feature Soon

WhatsApp added the ability to make phone calls within its chat app previous year.

WhatsApp recently introduced a new feature for its Android and iOS users called the live location sharing. Then in November a year ago, the company rolled out the video calling feature.

This feature to will be similar to the "recall" functionality said to be coming to WhatsApp soon. It is not confirmed that if there will be a maximum number of users for group calls.

News of the new feature comes less than a week after WhatsApp rolled out the option to track the movements of friends in real time. WABetaInfo says that it found several instance of group voice calls in the app's code, but there's only one mention of group video calls in the codebase. "So group video calls are partially confirmed at the moment".

The Facebook-owned messenger has introduced references to the feature in its latest beta, WaBetaInfo has revealed.

According to WABetaInfo, the latest 2.17.70 beta release contains a lot of references to audio conference calling.

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The app is available for free for mobile devices running on iOS or Android.

WeBetaInfo further tweeted that WhatsApp 2.17.70 sends a request to the server to ask if the user you are calling is in another group call. The WhatsApp group administrators will be able to choose those members of the group who can carry out actions such as changing the subject, opinion or status of the group.

WhatsApp has also announced advanced features for improved group management, including a tool that will prevent the group creator to be deleted from the group by other administrators. The WhatsApp will also notify if someone changes their WhatsApp number to a different number.

WhatsApp announced the feature on their official blog, where the Facebook owned company was keen to play up their end-to-end encryption security measures that are created to keep your location details safe.

An exact launch date has not been specified, but some smartphone users with the latest version of WhatsApp will already be able to see the feature on their handsets.

It's worth pointing out that you can't access 999, 911, or other emergency service numbers through WhatsApp.

  • Desiree Holland