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Whatsapp Update Boosts Video Calling to Allow 8 People at Once

Feeling isolated during the Quarantine period? The entire world is under a lockdown situation amid the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, which means you cannot go out and socialize with your friends. 

To give the much-needed break to your quarantine period Whatsapp has recently announced that it is bumping up the number of participants who can join a video call at a time. In one of its recent reports, WhatsApp announced that the previous number of 4 is about to get doubled, which means the video call function will now allow 8 people to join the call.

However there will be no change in the security levels, and all the calls will be protected with end-to-end encryption. This means your call is completely private and hidden from unauthorized access and even WhatsApp cannot access it. 

With the new announcement, Whats app is planning to boost its video calling feature. Whatsapp enjoys a user base of more than 2 billion and with the expansion of the video call feature, it will become a viable competitor to other video calling services like FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc.

Competitor Analysis

Competitor NameNumber of people who can join a video call
Google Duo12
FaceTime32
HouseParty8
ZoomMaximum 500 participants

The updated version of Whatsapp is yet to get uploaded on the Google Play store. In addition to this, its updated version is also missing from the MSPowerUser Note and is only available on the official website of Whatsapp. 

Whatsapp hinted that the new version will soon be available on Google Play store for download. However, if you want to enjoy calling 8 different people at a time, you can only do it if all the participants are on the latest version of Whatsapp. 

Stay connected with your near-and-dear ones in the most advanced way. The upgrade in the video calling capabilities is all set to bring much-needed relief to our isolated lives while stuck at home. 

In addition to the boost in the video calling abilities, Facebook has also released a new feature earlier this week. The Messenger Room Feature was introduced to allow video chat with 50 people at a time. There is no time limit on the length of your video chats. 

Read More: WhatsApp Imposes New Limit on Message Forwarding to Curb Misinformation

Few Main Features of WhatsApp

  • Group calling and Voice calling.
  • WhatsApp Payments
  • WhatsApp Stickers.
  • Media Visibility
  • Picture-In-Picture support.
  • Group chats.
  • WhatsApp data download.
  • Share Live Location.
  • Search and Share GIF.
  • 2 Level authentication.
  • Send Offline Messages on iPhone.
  • Share video, photos, and audio files.
  • Mute Group notifications.
  • Control the information which can be accessed by unknown users.
  • Hide read recipients and timestamps.
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Prachi Dani is a technical content writer who specializes in areas of science and technology. She is highly up to date with technological transitions and transformations. Writing is not her passion but the only thing that carries satisfaction in life. If not writing, you may find her engrossed playing action games on her treasured smartphone.
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