There has been a surge in the use of video conferencing tools over the last few weeks. People around the world are forced under a lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic. Those working from home are using professional collaboration tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype to communicate. Friends and families have been using Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Duo for video calls.
WhatsApp allowed only four people to be on a video or voice call. Bumping up the number of people that can participate is a welcoming move. WhatsApp users around the world have been demanding for the new limit from a long time.
The company has released an updated version for iPhone on Monday. Android users will soon receive an update in the Play Store. The updated WhatsApp v2.20.141 for Android is also available on the official website.
Initiating the call is quite easy. To start a group video call, initiate the call directly from a group chat or add extra people manually after starting one call. WhatsApp claims that its video calls are end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp rivals already support a large number of concurrent users. Google Duo supports 12 people joining the call at the same time. Skype and Facebook Messenger have a limit of 50 users. Zoom’s free tier supports 100 users while the Houseparty app supports 8 users.