WhatsApp Group Calling Now Live on iOS; Android Receives New Features

May 29, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After having tasted success with voice and video calls in the platform, WhatsApp is expanding the service with the introduction of group calling features. The iOS version of WhatsApp has now started receiving group calling features that let multiple users get connected to a call at a time.

The feature although isn’t available to all users, as WhatsApp currently appears to be testing the feature among select users. Some users have reported the availability of the feature without any upgrades, which means that the feature is being rolled out via server-side update.

Users won’t be required to upgrade their version of WhatsApp to receive the new feature when it becomes available for all. However, a more recent tweet from WABetaInfo suggests that the feature is getting rolled out with WhatsApp for iPhone v2.18.60.

As reported by those having access to the feature, group call presents an interface that’s pretty similar to the normal call featuring all the options like speaker, video call switch and mute. The buttons are arrayed right below the profile pictures of the call participants.

As of now, there is no info on the limit of members in a group call. The feature was announced by Facebook during the F8 developer conference earlier this month. WhatsApp is also planning to have group video calling in the messenger platform.

In addition to the group calling feature, WhatsApp is also rolling out other handy features for the Android users. Those include a new Select All option to quickly mark all your messages.

This should help users in performing quick tasks like marking all the messages as read at once, muting all the contacts, deleting chats etc. The feature is available with the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.60 or above on Android.

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