WhatsApp set to rival Zoom with this major group video call update

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In a bid to keep up with its rivals during these changing and challenging times, WhatsApp is allegedly working on a major update that will improve its video call feature.

According to recent reports by the WhatsApp BetaInfo team, the Facebook-owned chat service is preparing to increase the group video and audio call limits.

Possible WhatsApp update April 2020

WhatsApp first introduced the group audio and video calling feature back in 2018, and the current feature only allows for four participants to join a call.

However, WABetaInfo claims to have discovered strings of code in WhatsApp Beta for Android – specifically in version 2.2.128 – which suggest participant limit may be increased in a future update.

In order to take advantage of the increased group call limit, all participants must reportedly have the latest version of WhatsApp installed.

How will this upgrade improve group video calls?

The team believes that the increase in participation limit will probably be implemented due to COVID-19 concerns “and the fact that more users are using group calls”.

They also claims that the feature will roll out “within the next few weeks”. The upgrade will be welcomed as it will enable more people to stay in touch during isolation and lockdown.

Known beta issues

The team adds that the Group call limit is not available yet and the feature upgrade is currently still under development to ensure it’s “bug-free” before being rolled out.

The WABeteInfo team also confirmed that some beta testers are experiencing group calls issues when using this update; it may be related to the development of the 2.20.128 beta version.

They urge beta testers who are using the feature to refrain from updating to version 2.20.128

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