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WhatsApp may soon let you add more than four people in group video calls to better take on Zoom, Google Duo

At the moment, there is no information on when this feature will be released on its official version. To increase its relevance during lockdown due to the coronavirus epidemic, it seems as if WhatsApp is working to allow more than four participants in its video calls. Facebook-run instant messaging app is missing apps like Zoom and Google Duo, as it allows large numbers of participants to join video calls, especially now that the user base for the feature has grown by leaps and bounds.

The possibility of the feature being introduced by WhatsApp in its official version arose sometime in the future, when it was tracked by WABetaFfo. The WhatsApp feature tracking site shared a list of features introduced in two beta versions of WhatsApp for Android – WhatsApp v2.20.128 beta and WhatsApp v2.20.129 beta. Wires were found in the earlier beta version of the app suggesting that group call limits could be increased.

However, this feature is not yet enabled and even if users update their app to the latest version, they will not see this feature. Currently, it is unclear how many participants will be able to participate even when the feature rolls out. In addition, everyone wishing to join an extended border group call must have an updated version of the instant messaging service app.



At the moment, there is no information on when this feature will be released on its official version.

However, WABetaInfo also reported that beta versions of the app are causing some issues in the group audio calling feature and that if a user uses this feature frequently, they should not update to these versions.

In the WhatsApp v2.20.129 beta version, a new header was rolled out for the call. This header informed the user that the calls are encrypted end-to-end just like WhatsApp messages and, therefore, are secure.



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