What else can be more fun than chatting and talking via WhatsApp in this time when the ongoing pandemic is spreading across the world? As we’re forced to stay at home as much as possible, hopping into video calls with your friends, co-workers, and maybe even foes is an excellent way to make the time flow faster.
But WhatsApp becomes even better when it receives regular updates, by definition. After the Facebook-owned app reached a staggering amount of over 2 billion users, it will now make the video calling function better than ever.
Up to 8 participants in WhatsApp video calls
Previously, the maximum number allowed for participants of a video call was only half. Jumping from 4 to 8 maximum participants is a huge improvement. The social media giant is currently rolling out beta version v2.20.133 for Android users. For the iOS users, they will have to install the 22.214.171.124 build via TestFlight.
Everybody would use extra people on video calls, and getting your hands on the new update is a piece of cake. Just go to the Play Store and search for the update if you’re a beta tester for WhatsApp.
There is one big condition
In order to take advantage of the new extended feature of the maximum number of allowed participants, there is one critical condition that users have to match. Each one of the 8 participants will have to be running the same beta version of the app.
If you’re not a WhatsApp user already, then you should consider becoming one ASAP. The presentation from the Play Store about Facebook’s app might convince you:
“WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.”
WhatsApp brings people together in these harsh times for all of us, and the app will keep on improving.
Chin Cullin has only been working as a journalist for just a few short years. Chin attended a technical school while still in high school where he learned a variety of skills, from digital design to coding. Apart from being a contributor to the site, Chin also helps keep Henri Le Chat Noir up and running as our webmaster.