The rumors were correct, Facebook is indeed upping the maximum limit of people allowed to participate in a group audio or video call on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp video calls soon allow 8 participants
The app as of now allows only 4 participants in WhatsApp video calls, but this is soon going to be changed. Users will be allowed to add as many as 8 people in both audio and video calls.
The new functionality has already been spotted in beta versions of the app. As before, these WhatsApp video calls, are end-to-end encrypted, meaning no one else can view or listen to them, not even WhatsApp or Facebook.
Surprisingly, the social networking platform is also reportedly soon going to show ads in the app to generate revenue. WhatsApp is looking to use phone numbers of its users to create a pool of data to show them targeted advertisements.
Facebook is out with a new product Messenger Rooms to connect multiple people via video chat and compete with popular offerings like Zoom, Group FaceTime, Skype, Houseparty, and more.
Messenger Rooms, however, aren’t end-to-end encrypted, Facebook also explains. Instead, it’s encrypted only in transit from your device to Facebook’s servers. Rooms do permit for up to 50 folks to be on a name.
Unfortunately, Facebook hasn’t shared a particular launch timeline for the brand new most restrict of participants for WhatsApp. Previous clues present in beta variations of the app implied that all the 8 participants would have to use the newest iteration of the app, as soon as the performance launches within the wild. We’ll have to wait and see if that pans out.