WhatsApp messaging application will extend the limit of users who can participate in a voice or video call; which is currently four people per call.
The specialized portal WABetaInfo has detected this new function in the code of the latest betas of the mobile application iOS (18.104.22.168) and Android (2.20.128); and has assured that “it is a decision already made”.
WhatsApp will allow group calls with more than 4 participants
You'll be able to get in touch with your family and friends better, thanks to the new group call limit, available within the next weeks.
This is the best decision taken by @WhatsApp: we can stay safe at home, but we can meet virtually more people we love though WhatsApp 💚. #RT https://t.co/M0DsObrTmS
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) April 16, 2020
Since its introduction in 2018, group calls between WhatsApp users; whether they are voice only or video calls, allow a maximum of four participants.
Now, with the rise of video calls due to confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic, WhatsApp plans to expand that limit; Although for the moment, the new maximum number of participants is not known.
For now, the new feature is not present in the stable version of WhatsApp. But the betas code of the application suggests that it will come to both iOS and Android in the upcoming updates.
Likewise, the messaging application has incorporated into its latest betas a new notice in its call panel. It reminds users that they are also end-to-end encrypted, just like messages.
Last week, WhatsApp added a new button in group chats to simplify making video calls that until then; to participate four people, two had to start it and invite the other participants to join.
Recently, WhatsApp said it would be impossible to forward a message five or more times to its contacts. If the user wants to exceed this limit, he will not be able to transfer the content to more than one contact at a time.
This is not the first time that WhatsApp has tightened its measures with regard to the massive dissemination of information around the world. The platform therefore regularly announces new features aimed at reducing the mass sharing of fake news.