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WhatsApp rolls out group voice and video calling for upto four people
Atom Tech Shorts Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:53

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday rolled out its group calling feature -- for both voice and video options -- on iOS and Android devices for its 1.5 billion users.

The group calling feature supports up to four people simultaneously.

"You can make a group call with up to four people total -- anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new "add participant" button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call," WhatsApp said in a statement.

WhatsApp users currently spend over two billion minutes on calls per day.

"Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we've designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions," WhatsApp added.

At Facebook's F8 developer conference in May, WhatsApp had announced to bring group calling support on its platform.

The instant messaging service unveiled video chatting in 2016 and voice calling in 2014.

WhatsApp has been rolling out several features to improve the usage of the instant messaging app. It recently added more controls for admins of group chats, allowing them to even restrict others from sending messages on the group. The Group admin can also dismiss any other admin from their position with a ‘Dismiss as admin’ feature.

The Facebook-owned company has also recently rolled out a new feature where all forwarded messages will be labelled as ‘forwarded’ to be able to identify messages accordingly. It is also beta testing a suspicious link detection feature where the user if notified if there are any unusual characters in any website and is warned with a message in red.

WhatsApp also allows its users to now retrieve deleted media files from servers where they are saved for some more time.

Additionally, at a time when there having been several violent incidents in India due to fake news being spread over social media, WhatsApp is testing limiting message forwarding in India to 5 chats to curb fake news.

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