WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 18.104.22.168.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to initiate group calls with up to 15 people, and it’s available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||15-people group calling|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may experiment with the same changes by installing one of the following versions: 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206.|
|I’ve installed the update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some users and it’s rolling out to even more people over the coming days.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11: what’s new? WhatsApp is widely rolling out a message reaction feature for community announcement groups!|
15-PEOPLE GROUP CALLING
In April 2022, WhatsApp announced large group calls within an official changelog by mentioning the ability to place group calls with a maximum of 32 participants. In November 2022, Mark Zuckerberg also shared similar information about this feature by announcing that 32-people calling was finally available to everyone. However, people could only start a group call with up to 7 contacts. Thanks to the recent WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, which is available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp now allows starting calls with a maximum of 15 people!
As you can see in this screenshot, it’s now possible to choose up to 15 people while creating a new group call. As always, those people will be able to join the call any time after it starts. It’s important to highlight that while the number of people you can choose for the initial call has changed and improved to 15, group calls can still host up to 32 people in total. This update mainly focuses on enhancing the convenience of selecting participants during the group call creation process.
Previously, starting a group call on WhatsApp was limited to only 7 people, which could be restrictive in certain situations. In fact, after inviting up to 7 people to your group call, other people could be added to the call later. The new update simplifies the process by doubling the number of participants that can be included directly when starting a call. These improvements save time as the group call creator can immediately pick a large number of contacts to start a call with, making it more convenient for them to immediately connect with more people.
The feature to initiate group calls with up to 15 people is available to some beta testers that install the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store, and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming days.
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