Facebook Messenger supports group video calls of up to 50, while Snapchat supports 16 participants. Just like other chats conducted on the app itself. It said that about 1.5 billion users actively use the app every month and that a lot of them were waiting for the group calling feature. Once call gets connected, a new "add participant" icon at the top right corner of the call screen can be clicked to add more participants from the contact list. The feature is available for both Android and iOS users.
The feature is limited to up to four people in a group, but that should really be enough.
Today, WhatsApp has officially announced that group calling for both voice and video is finally here. While there was quite a handful of them, one of the major ones shared on stage was group FaceTime calls.
Group calls are end-to-end encrypted which ensures the privacy of the participants.
The new feature was rolled out to all iPhone and Android users on Monday.
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But this isn't the only feature the messaging app is rolling out. Tapping it does exactly what it should: it dismisses the notification and marks the message as read so it doesn't resurface when you open the app or get another notification.
Users can use the video call option by opening their chat and tapping on the video call option.
WhatsApp notes that its group video and voice calls are end-to-end encrypted, and it has been created to work properly across the world with varying network conditions.
FaceTime in iOS 12 will offer support for adding up to 32 people in a group FaceTime call.