WhatsApp group calls can now include up to 32 contacts.
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(Pocket-lint) – After the recent series of announcements about WhatsApp Communities features coming to the app, an update appears to confirm that the ability to add up to 32 contacts to a group call is already deployed for some users.
As part of the WhatsApp 22.8.80 update, the user limit on calls will be expanded from the current eight, with the patch notes reading: “Group calls now support up to 32 participants and includes an updated interface with a social audio layout, speaker highlighting and waveforms.”
It’s not yet clear if the update is only rolling out to iOS users at present – although even if it is, it’s likely the new feature will come to Android sometime. the next few weeks. As previously described, it will not be available on WhatsApp’s desktop client.
When it does, it will also introduce a new layout for group calls. As shown below, each user will have their own bubble which will be highlighted when they speak and present a waveform.
Along with the new user limit for group calls, the latest version of the app will also feature an update to voicemail bubbles and contact information, as well as small changes to how you access media. which you preferred.
All of this comes, as we say, with plenty of new features on the horizon in WhatsApp’s range of services.
There are indications that users will soon be able to hide their last seen status from specific contacts, with polls – a feature already available in Facebook’s Messenger – also set to arrive for users to play with in their group chats.
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Written by Conor Allison.