Due to the current pandemic forcing a lot of people to stay at home, group video and audio calls have been on the increase. Apps such as Google’s Duo have already increased the maximum number of participants on a video call by 50%, and it now looks like Facebook-owned WhatsApp is planning on doing something similar.
WhatsApp’s latest beta release has revealed that the service is preparing to up its maximum number of participants on a group audio or video call as well, in the near future. Currently, the limit is four participants, which is way less than what some competitors are offering.
Reports say the parties involved will need to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed for the new maximum number of participants to be enabled.
Despite privacy issues with its parent Facebook, WhatsApp continues as the most trusted secure messaging platform on the planet with 2 billion users exchanging end-to-end encrypted messages in ever-increasing numbers.
Beyond messaging, WhatsApp’s encryption extends to voice and video calls as well. As the platform explains, “just like your messages, WhatsApp calls are end-to-end encrypted so WhatsApp and third parties can’t listen to them.”