WhatsApp latest update: Voice-to-video call switch, add group description and more!
This big update will change how you use WhatsApp groups; here’s what it isWhatsApp for Android has been updated with the group description feature that will let you add a description or a topic to a group.
The WhatsApp for Android has been updated with the group description feature that will let you add a description or a topic to a group. This will tell the participants about what this group is. The group descriptions can be 512 characters long and seen by going to the group info, where it can be found below the group photo and name. These will also be available on the chat screen as a box, tapping on which will take you to the description. This feature was first spotted in WhatsApp beta version 2.18.54 for Android and version 2.18.28 for Windows Phone.
Also, users can now switch between voice and video calls. To toggle between the voice and video call, users will have to tap on a tab that will appear during a call. This will allow them to switch between the voice and video option.
WhatsApp, a popular messaging app that competes with the likes of Hike, Google’s Allo and Viber in India, started offering video calling feature in November last year. The video calling feature also pitched WhatsApp against popular video calling apps like Microsoft’s Skype, Apple’s FaceTime and Google Duo.
The other notable feature related to the groups is the ability to search for the members with their names. There are many users who are either admin or a part of a WhatsApp group with many participants. This feature will help in looking for a member without the hassle of scrolling the list of all the members with the help of a search bar on the group info screen. This feature originally rolled out on iOS earlier this month.
Globally, users make over 55 million video calls per day, spending more than 340 million minutes per day on these calls. WhatsApp is also home to over 200 million monthly active users. This is the highest base for WhatsApp that has over a billion users globally.
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