27 May 2020
WhatsApp has started rolling out a new update that increases the group video calling limit. It is being released for Android and iOS users who can now use WhatsApp for video calling with up to eight people. The feature was first spotted in an Android beta last week and has now been made available for stable build users.
Once the update is downloaded and installed, WhatsApp users will be able to make use of the newly extended group video calling limit. The process of making a group video call remains the same as before. It means up to 8 recipients can be selected either manually or simply by visiting a group where there at least a sufficient number of members. It is worth noting that all recipients should have the latest WhatsApp version.
The move is part of Facebook's goal of competing with video calling platform rivals like Zoom and Google Meet. It recently released Messenger Rooms with the capability of supporting up to 50 people. It is working on providing the same 50 participant limit on other platforms including Instagram Live and Portal devices.
Additionally, WhatsApp has added Netflix to its own Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode. It means users will now be able to play Netflix trailer videos from within the instant messenger app. It is similar to how YouTube videos work on WhatsApp. The feature is aimed at eliminating the need for exiting the app to watch a video.