WhatsApp prepares to increase the group video and audio call limit
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is undoubtedly one of the most popular IP-based messengers, with over two billion users around the world. In a bid to keep its users from migrating to other more feature-rich messengers, the company keeps bringing new features with each major update. Over the last couple of months, the company has added several new features to the messenger including the much-awaited dark mode, support for fingerprint unlock, and more. Now, according to recent posts from WABetaInfo, the company is preparing to increase the group video and audio call limits on the messenger.
WhatsApp first introduced group audio and video calling on the platform all the way back in 2018 and the feature currently only allows a maximum of 4 participants per call. However, WABetaInfo has discovered strings of code in WhatsApp beta for Android (v2.2.128) which suggest that the messenger is preparing to increase the limit in a future update. The strings also reveal that all users will have to be on the latest version of the app in order to take advantage of the increased group call limit. As of now, it isn’t quite clear what the new limit will be and we have no information regarding the release timeline.
Along with the new group call limit, WhatsApp is also working to add a new call header to the app which is already available in WhatsApp beta for Android v.2.20.129. The call header, which was first spotted in WhatsApp beta for iOS v188.8.131.52, aims to inform users that their calls are end-to-end encrypted.