WhatsApp launches four-way group video and voice calling feature

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The messaging platform asserts that users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day.

The app is now starting to add group video calling to its iOS and Android app, the company announced Monday. For now, WhatsApp will allow users to make a group call with up to four people.

WhatsApp group calls are now rolling out to all, following a test run with a small group of users.

WhatsApp has just confirmed that it's adding a radical new way to chat on the app.

WhatsApp video and audio calls can have up to four participants including the person who started the call.

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Once the call gets connected, an add icon appears, on the top right, above the names of the recipients. The feature then rolled out for WhatsApp beta users on Android earlier this June. Also, the calling has been created to work reliably around the world in different network conditions, according to the company.

The Facebook-owned company had made an announcement to launch this feature back in May at Facebook's F8 developer conference.

WhatsApp also reassures users that just like their messages, group calls are encrypted end-to-end, so those who are anxious about privacy or WhatsApp recording their call sessions, worry not. Of course, there's the difference that WhatsApp requires a phone number for each account. It's unclear which version of the app is required for group calls, but updating to the latest version is always recommended. While there are existing workarounds to that, we doubt that most people would want to go through the hassle.

Furthermore, the company said that the feature has been designed with enormous attention to connectivity.

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