WhatsApp is best known for messaging by users across the world, but more and more people are also using it to connect with voice and video calls. That’s why over this year the company has launched several improvements to calling on WhatsApp.
Improve Your WhatsApp Calling Experience
They have now introduced new features for better connecting as a group on calls:
- 32 person calls: Just like with voice calls, you can now do video calls on your mobile with up to 32 people, four times the number of people than before
- Message or mute call participants: Long pressing on a participant will enlarge the video or audio feed and allow you to either mute or message them separately while keeping the calls going
- Call links: Whether making a last-minute call or planning, you can easily invite people to a group call by sharing a call link
WhatsApp has also made design changes for a more seamless calling experience:
- Colorful waveforms: Now you can easily see who is speaking if their camera is off.
- In-call banner notifications: See when someone new joins a group call.
- Picture in Picture on iOS: Now in beta testing and rolling out in the new year, easily multitask while on a call thanks to a minimized in-call video screen.
Additionally, WhatsApp has introduced avatars on the messaging platform.
Your avatar is a digital version of you created from billions of combinations of diverse hair styles, facial features, and outfits. On WhatsApp, you can now use your personalized avatar as your profile photo. You could as well choose from one of 36 custom stickers reflecting many emotions and actions.
It seems Meta has plans to find more usability with WhatsApp, and eventually, maybe monetize it. With the above updates and the recently launched community feature, WhatsApp might pose serious competition to a host of other platforms.