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Group Video and Voice Calls coming soon – Now WhatsApp can genuinely give Skype a run for its money

In today’s world, WhatsApp has grown to become the cornerstone of modern chatting. However, with all its simplicity yet reliability that has seen it win over billions of users, it still lacks some of the features its rivals like Skype had even before it [WhatsApp] was incepted; group video calls and voice calls.

Well, that used to be the case until the last Facebook’s F8 2018, when the social networking giant revealed it is currently on a gradual rollout of the WhatsApp Group Video Call and Voice Call feature.

Though the details of when the feature will be rolled out remain hidden, Android Police reports of some users already having the feature. As it works, you need to place a video or voice call to one of your contacts and wait for the other person to pick up. During your video or voice call, you can then add another participant to join in on the already ongoing call.

For the user who will be added to an already ongoing call, you will get to see the numbers and avatars of the people in the call. That will enable you to decide if you want to join in on the call or not.

According to the reports reaching us so far, it seems a group voice or video call can support up to a maximum of four users at a time. That seems reasonable given you will be using your smartphone, and there is not much ‘screen real estate’ to go around fitting as many users as you want. Though the same should not apply to pure voice calls; it only makes sense for video calls.

Milicent Atieno

Proud Kenyan Citizen, loving everything Tech related.

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