WhatsApp for iPhone is up for its latest functionality. This refers to the rolling out of group video calls feature for the iPhone users. So, now, users would be soon able to make voice calls to their multiple contacts directly through the instant messaging app. However, for the Android users, on the other hand, WhatsApp has added a ‘Select All’ option that lets the users easily mark all the new messages as read or archive all the chats with a single tap. This new change for iPhone users is apparently rolling through a server-side update, while Android devices need to have a WhatsApp beta version 2.18.60 or above. These latest developments would come just after WhatsApp for Android added a Media Visibility feature to let users hide or show their WhatsApp media content in the gallery. In addition, the Android version also received a new contact shortcut that was previously available for iPhones to help users easily add a new contact directly through the instant messaging app.
Now, also, per the reports by WABetaInfo, the interface of group audio calls is somewhat similar to what users have also witnessed for individual audio calls. With this, there are buttons to enable speaker, video call, and mute just below the profile pictures of the participants. The limit of participants for group audio calls, however, hasn’t been revealed. Reportedly, it is now available to only a handful of users at present.
The tweet posted by the WABetaInfo team regarded this, claimed that it is rolling out on the WhatsApp for iPhone version 2.18.60. This is the same version that has received the ‘Request Account Info’ feature earlier this week to users download all the data that has been collected by WhatsApp, including the account information and settings.
WhatsApp for iOS 2.18.60: group audio calls UI.
[AVAILABLE FOR A FEW USERS ONLY.. PLEASE WAIT] pic.twitter.com/AMUeOnze9E
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 25, 2018
First discovered back in October last year, the group calling functionality for WhatsApp was initially announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference earlier this month. Regarding this, in a blog post following the F8 keynote, CEO Mark Zuckerberg added that “Voice and video calling are very popular on WhatsApp, and we’re excited to share that group calling will be coming in the months ahead”. Moreover, group video calling was spotted on WhatsApp for iPhone just days ago.