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 schedule calls in group chats, and it is available to some lucky beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Schedule group calls|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get the same feature by installing one of the following updates: 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some lucky beta testers, and it’s rolling out to more users over the coming weeks.|
|Thanks:||Alok and meniben, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out a new community info screen!|
SCHEDULE GROUP CALLS
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update, we shared some information regarding a new feature under development: scheduled group calls. With this feature, users could plan and automatically notify all other participants about new upcoming group calls. The feature was in development in the previous announcement but, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, which is available on the Google Play Store, some beta testers may finally experiment with the ability to schedule group calls!
As you can see in this screenshot, some users may be able to schedule group calls within their groups: just tap the call button to see if the feature is enabled for your account. Users can choose the call subject, along with the scheduled call date. In addition, it is also possible to select the type of group call, whether it’s video or voice. After scheduling a group call, an event will automatically be added to the group chat, and who decided to join the call will be notified 15 minutes before the group call starts.
In our opinion, scheduling calls within group chats offers several significant advantages. We think a scheduled group call improves the process of planning and coordinating discussions. Instead of multiple back-and-forth messages to agree on a suitable time, users can decide a certain time that works for everyone. This also ensures that everyone is available and reduces the risk of missed or late calls.
The feature that allows users to schedule calls in their group chats is available to some lucky beta testers that install the latest updates of WhatsApp beta for Android, and it’s rolling out to even more people over the coming weeks.
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