WhatsApp launches new group calling limit in Android, iOS beta apps

WhatsApp has designed a group of new features to help people amid the lockdown implemented in countries around the world in light of the Kovid-19 outbreak over the past few weeks.  Among other things, the company has also imposed strict limits on forwarded messages in a bid to prevent the spread of misinformation about outbreaks of the virus.  Now, word is that WhatsApp is introducing new group calling limitations on its Android and iOS based apps.
WhatsApp launches new group calling
WhatsApp launches new group calling
  Until now, a group cannot have more than four participants.  But now a new report from WABetaInfo states otherwise.  On the company's iOS-based app, this limit is being expanded to accommodate eight participants.  If a group has more than eight participants, WhatsApp will ask users which participants they want to join.  However, if there are fewer than eight participants, the app will connect with all participants at once.  To call people in a group, all users need to open the group and tap on the call button.

  As far as the company's Android-based app is concerned, the Facebook-owned messaging app group is increasing the calling limit to five participants.  The rest of the functionality remains similar to iOS based apps.

  It is worth noting that the new group calling limit applies to both, voice calls and video calls made using the app.  While iPhone users can download iOS beta version 2.20.50.25 iOS from TestFlight, Android smartphone users can download WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.20.132 from Google Play to use the new functionality.  That said, the new feature is not yet available in the main app.  But with the increased group calling limit coming into beta, an update to the main app should not be far behind.

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