Video conversations have been one of WhatsApp's great features for a couple of years now, and today we see it getting quite a big expansion. Back at the Facebook F8 conference in May, the company announced the group video call for WhatsApp, but refused to say when the feature was to start. Fast until today, and the wait is over, as group video conversations have been live over both iOS and Android.
Now, instead of being restricted to just one-to-one calls, you can start a video call with three other people, giving you an overview of each participant. This functionality is not only limited to video calling either, as audio calls now support up to four people.
Getting a group call that goes seems to be an easy task. All you have to do is start a one-to-one video or audio call with someone, and then click the "Add Participant" button that is added to the top right. From there, you can add more participants from your contact list and bring them into the conversation.
As with everything, WhatsApp ensures that these calls are end-to-end encrypted, so you do not have to worry about any recording or listening to your conversations. It should also provide some flexibility in network security, because WhatsApp says it's "designed to work reliably around the world in different network conditions."
Calling is a major part of WhatsApp's service, so this group calling feature will almost certainly be valued by the larger user base. Although it may not be as ambition as Snapchat's 1