WhatsApp Beta Increases Maximum Group Call Participants to 8

Zoom, House party, and Google Duo are getting another competitor with the world’s most popular chat service WhatsApp expanding its group video call limit to eight people. The news was initially leaked three days ago, however, now the feature has made it to the beta version of WhatsApp.

According to a WABetainfo report, the Facebook-owned platform is initially rolling it out for users having the latest iOS and Android Beta versions. If you want to test the new feature, you need to install the iOS beta update from TestFlight for iOS users and 2.20.133 beta from Google Play for Android users.

Note: all the participants of the video call need to download the beta update to join the group call.

This new feature comes at a time when user dependability on video calling apps has greatly increased. Half of the world is carrying out most of their important operations from home, and a reliable video calling platform is the need of the hour.

For comparison, Houseparty allows 8 participants and Google Duo allows 12 participants in a group call.

‘Together at Home’ Sticker Pack

In other news, WhatsApp has teamed up with WHO to release a quarantine inspired sticker pack with 21 new stickers.

The collection focuses on highlighting a few aspects of quarantine life that we all have been dealing with including working from home in pajamas, keeping social distancing, washing hands, etc.

The sticker pack is currently available for download within the app. They are also available in localized texts for Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.