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WhatsApp rolls out Group Features

Over the past few weeks, eager analysts have confirmed the launch of group audio and video calls coming soon to iOS and then Android.

C’mon people now, get together

Testers discovered the group audio and video call function to be in place on the latest WhatsApp beta 2.18.162 update.

When on a call, users can tap and add contacts, from the top right of the screen, to be invited directly into the current conversation. This works the same for both the video and audio feature.

The call will allow for up to four people to convene and chat in real-time. Whether or not this number will grow is unclear, as five and up tends to get a bit crowded.

Release date?

The new features should be just over the horizon but no official announcements have been made. Though likely to come out on iOS devices first, beta tests of the Android version have also been confirmed.

So far the beta updates have been available on server-side only, so not everyone will have it if searching the code of their own beta update.

Proving once more what’s good for the goose is good for the ganders, Facebook has been pushing group chat on its own shores. Stay tuned for more group messaging across the Facebook family.

What do you think about the latest update? Would you utilise group or video chat with three other people? Let us know in our comment section.

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