WhatsApp announced that it has now doubled the number of participants that can go on video or voice group calls, from 4 to 8 people at a time.
As COVID-19 pandemic carries on, group calling has been a handy feature for many people who are isolated due to lockdown measures across the globe. As a result, more and more social platforms are building upon their group call features to help people stay in contact with their family and friends or to work more effectively from home.
WhatsApp says that over the last month, people are spending over 15 billion minutes per day on calls on its platform, “well above a typical day before the pandemic.” To cater further to their needs, WhatsApp is doubling the number of participants on group video or voice calls from 4 to 8 people at a time.
To access the higher participant limit on WhatsApp calls, all call participants will need to update to the latest version of WhatsApp that’s available on both iPhone and Android right now.
In addition to the above, WhatsApp is now also available on Portal — which many users have told us has been a great way to share their living room with family during the quarantine.
In other news, Facebook also recently announced Messenger Rooms,
Messenger Rooms could be seen as a “Zoom-killer,” but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Let the video conferencing wars begin!
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