Messaging platform Whatsapp was expected to be soon equipped with group video calling feature. On May 1st, 2018, Mark Zuckerberg announced during Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference that WhatsApp would soon be equipped with group video calling feature. The Whatsapp group video calling feature has been spotted by WABeta Info. It has reached some users on both Android and iOS versions.
According to a WABeta post. the Whatsapp group video calling feature has reached iOS in v218.52. Users won’t get this feature using an invitation system. It is also available on Android beta 2.18.145 and later versions.
It is not revealed when the Whatsapp group video calling feature will be available to every user. But it is expected to be rolled out around the world pretty soon.
The 33-year old Zuckerberg had said that video calling is one of the most popular WhatsApp features; 2 billion minutes of video calling has already been done via the messaging platform. Zuckerberg said that he himself video calls his daughters when he is away. WhatsApp group video calling feature will indeed make it more popular.
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Zuckerberg had further mentioned that the WhatsApp group video calling feature is the latest among a long line of the company’s aim to create more ways for people to connect privately with their close and loved ones.
With WhatsApp group video calling feature, the platform will also offer support for stickers. Third-party developers will be able to offer ways to communicate within the app, something which Facebook has had for years.
WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Kuom Leaves Amidst WhatsApp Group Video Calling Announcement
Unlike Facebook, WhatsApp has been known for its privacy and encryption settings. Clashing with Facebook data leak scandals, Jan Koum (a key member of WhatsApp) quit the company. Zuckerberg mentioned Kuom’s decision during the conference and thanked him.
“Jan has done an amazing job building WhatsApp,” said Zuckerberg, further stating him as a “tireless advocate for privacy and encryption.” The CEO mentioned that when Facebook bought WhatsApp, it didn’t have end-to-end encryption. It came after Facebook bought the messaging platform.
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