Facebook hosted a developer conference known as the “F8” event in May and that’s where it announced that WhatsApp users should get ready to see a bunch of major changes all throughout 2018. The most interesting thing that Facebook promised to WhatsApp users is that they are going to get a group calling feature that supports both video and audio. Well, it looks like Facebook didn’t waste any time because it has just delivered on that promise.
Video/Audio Group Calling
The new feature started rolling out yesterday (July 30th) and it has arrived on smartphones all around the globe. Nonetheless, WhatsApp users will now be able to get into group calls with up to four of their friends at the same time. The cool thing about this feature is that it doesn’t matter where the four users are since the connection signal will remain the same.
Working on Bad Internet Connection
The folks who are in charge of WhatsApp know that free Wi-Fi is hard to find and that mobile data can be quite expensive, and it made sure to optimize the new group calling feature so that it can work even on a bad internet connection.
The thing that made WhatsApp famous was the fact that all conversations feature end-to-end encryption system. This means that third-parties have no way of spying on people’s conversations and this helped make WhatsApp one of the most popular chatting apps in the world. Moreover, WhatsApp’s developers have said that group calling on both video or audio will still feature end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp Keeps Growing
The most impressive statistic about WhatsApp is that its user base keeps getting bigger by the day. WhatsApp currently has an immense user base of 1.5 billion monthly active users and the addition of the group video/audio calling feature is surely going to help boost the app’s popularity even further.