WhatsApp for iOS has reportedly started receiving group audio calls feature. This is the latest from WhatsApp.
WhatsApp for iOS is reported to have received group audio calls feature, WABetaInfo updated in a Tweet. This feature is available on WhatsApp for iOS version 2.18.60 for a few users only, the tweet says. The Tweet was updated with a screenshot of group audio call user interface, with smileys covered profile pictures. However, the group participants number for a single group audio call is not mentioned at the moment and we will have to wait for an official confirmation in this regard. On the other hand, WhatsApp for Android is yet to receive the same. The beta version has, however, received a new ‘Select all’ feature that lets users select multiple chats at once to delete, mute, mark as unread, etc.
“WhatsApp for iOS 2.18.60: group audio calls UI. [AVAILABLE FOR A FEW USERS ONLY.. PLEASE WAIT],” reads WABetaInfo’s Tweet. WhatsApp group voice calls feature was also spotted on the 2.17.70 Android beta WhatsApp update previously in October 2017. It was reported that the Facebook-owned messaging app might release the feature this year. The UI of group audio call is expected to remain similar to individual call UI with profile pictures of participants on top followed by options to enable speaker, video call, and mute at the bottom.
WhatsApp’s ‘Select all’ feature for Android beta is a part of beta version 2.18.60 or above. But one should note that it is only available for beta testers, and public availability is expected to follow soon.
How to use WhatsApp Select All feature?
To use the feature, press and hold down any chat to select it and then click on the options menu, the three vertical lines on top right. From the menu, choose ‘Select all’ below ‘Add chat shortcut’, ‘View contact’ and ‘Mark as unread’ options. WhatsApp users can then choose to mute, delete, pin, Archive, mark as unread/read multiple chats.
Facebook had already confirmed at its F8 annual developer conference in San Jose, California that WhatsApp will get group video calling feature. However, details in regard to the release date is not announced yet. Although not confirmed by the company, four people will likely be able to do a group video chat together at once. In addition, a new Stickers feature will also come to the WhatsApp.