Until today WhatsApp had a limitation on the number of people you could add to each call. With the new update, you can now make audio and video calls with up to 8 people at the same time.
WhatsApp is the most used messaging application in the world with more than 2 billion active users. After the purchase by Facebook, the measures incorporated have gone in one direction: turning the app into a multipurpose tool. First came, the voice calls came, and then video calls. The only limitation was the number of people that could be included in these calls: four. This could be because WhatsApp is an application is mainly used on mobile phones with smaller screens.
However, with the arrival of the COVID-19, users have looked for other applications such as Zoom, Messenger Rooms (recently launched), WebEx, and others for their limitless numbers of group conferencing. This has caused WhatsApp to recede and just a few hours ago version 2.20.50 was released. This update includes the possibility of making calls and video calls of up to 8 people at the same time, eliminating the restriction imposed since the launch of this feature.
Using this feature is not a mystery. You have two ways to start a call: entering a group and pressing the phone or the camera or going to the “Calls” menu and starting a new one. It is important to know that we can only make video calls with up to 8 people on those devices with the latest version installed. At the moment, this function has only reached iOS so that only massive video calls could be made with iPhone whose WhatsApp version is 2.20.50.
Finally, better ones have been added in quick action menus that can be invoked using Force Touch. We can see this change when we press for a time on a message in any of our conversations. When we press, a new menu appears, according to the design of iOS 13, with the highlight of the function, reply, forward, copy and if we press “more” we can access other functions: reply privately, add to contacts, send message to the contact and delete the message. This novelty is only for design, no new function is added.