WhatsApp beta for iOS was recently reported to be testing video playback inside push notifications. After this, recently the social chat app has been rolled out another update via Test Flight, and thus ropes along new group calling UI improvements. This enables users to start a group call with select members from a group directly via a new group calling button found inside group chats exclusively. This new button in fact eases the group calling process that exists currently, where users are required to first make a video call to one person, and then add more people to the call by pressing the ‘Add Participant’ button on the top right.
The latest WhatsApp for iOS beta version 188.8.131.52 brings UI improvements for group calls. However, as per WABetaInfo, this latest improvement is only available for iOS beta users as of now, and hasn’t been made available to Android users yet. After installing the latest update via TestFlight, the new improvements can be perceived in group chats. A new video call button now appears in group chats, and clicking on that, a sheet with all the names of the members of the group opens up. The user can select up to three members they want to do a group call with, and then press the audio or video call button to start the group audio or video call immediately.
WABetaInfo further reports that only users whose numbers are saved in the address book would show up on the new group call list. Therefore, group members whose number haven’t saved won’t show on the sheet that allows to select users for a group call. As the group calling limit has been set to four people maximum by WhatsApp, users can only add up to three people on the list.
Of course, only beta users would be able to see this feature for now, but WhatsApp should roll it out to all WhatsApp for iOS users soon. The latest update also brings fixes to issues where opening a chat unintentionally triggered haptic feedback, where GIFs stopped playing unexpectedly, and problems downloading Stickers Packs and sending Stickers. The update further fixed a bug that randomly added or dismissed users as an Admin in a group, fixed some localization issues when chatting with businesses, and in fact fixed some issues while searching for chats, contacts, and messages.