Due to the coronavirus epidemic and the war against fake news, WhatsApp has recently introduced some new features and changes, for example, the possibility to search your messages on the web, in order to verify if it contains fake news (a very growing phenomenon during this period), and videos sent to your status decreased to 15 seconds in India.
Today, WhatsApp has started rolling out the much-anticipated increased group call limit in its latest beta versions of its messaging app on Android and iPhone.
The new beta versions support up to eight participants in a group video or voice call, doubling the number of participants from four earlier. The instant messaging app was recently reported to be working on increasing the group calling limit to stay relevant in these times of social distancing.
WhatsApp has also recently applied some changes to its Call button in groups. If you were in a small group with 4 participants, you can now directly start a call without choosing the participants, because all participants will be automatically added in the call.
From the looks of things, the messaging app is taking on other popular video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Duo with this new increased limit as businesses and classrooms deal with lockdowns.
NOTE: if the feature isn’t available for you (and you have also reinstalled WhatsApp), don’t worry: WhatsApp is gradually rolling out it, and in the next hours you should be able to receive the activation from the server.