WhatsApp launches group calling for voice and video

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Many small and mid-sized companies use Skype for video conference calls, but a lot of users are unhappy with the way Microsoft has been developing their platform.

WhatsApp has just confirmed that it's adding a radical new way to chat on the app. However, WhatsApp has standalone versions for Mac OS and Windows, and we won't be surprised to see that four people limit go up once the desktop versions get group video calls as well.

The popular messaging service says that, from today, its billions of users will be able to use a new group video call feature.

Unlike FaceTime, the person speaking in the video call will not automatically be highlighted. The app is now starting to add group video calling to its iOS and Android app and it supports up to four people, the company has announced.

Group calls, just like text messages, are end-to-end encrypted, and WhatsApp says they've been created to work reliably around the world "in different network conditions".

Group calls are end-to-end encrypted which ensures the privacy of the participants.

But this isn't the only feature the messaging app is rolling out. As the name implies, group calling is where users can call groups of friends together at once, and it works with both voice and video. WhatsApp has introduced a dedicated button for group calls dubbed "add participant". This new Group Video Call feature is live for all so you don't need to enroll in beta to enjoy it.

FaceTime in iOS 12 will offer support for adding up to 32 people in a group FaceTime call.