WhatsApp, the messaging platform owned Meta, has introduced a new feature for Android users that allows group calls with up to 31 participants. Previously, users were limited to selecting only 15 contacts when initiating group calls. However, with this update, users now have the flexibility to start group calls with up to 32 people, including the caller who initiates the call. This change aims to provide a more user-friendly and flexible group calling experience.
In addition to the group calling feature, WhatsApp has made some changes to the calls tab within the app. Call links are no longer displayed on this screen; instead, it simply states that users can call one or more contacts. The floating action button within the app has also been updated to include a plus icon, making it easier for users to initiate calls.
Currently, this feature is being tested a limited number of beta testers and is expected to be gradually rolled out to a wider user base in the coming weeks.
In another development, WhatsApp is reportedly testing an “automatic security code verification” feature for end-to-end encryption with a select group of beta testers on Android. This feature, known as “Key Transparency,” aims to enhance the overall security and privacy of users’ conversations. It will automatically verify if messages are being transmitted with end-to-end encryption, providing an added layer of security and ensuring messages are sent through a secure connection.
These recent updates demonstrate WhatsApp’s commitment to evolving its features and functionality to enhance user experience, security, and privacy. With the introduction of group calls for up to 31 participants and the testing of an automatic security code verification feature, WhatsApp aims to provide a seamless and secure messaging experience for its users.