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WhatsApp Group Video, Voice Calling Feature Rolls Out

The instant messaging service unveiled video chatting in 2016 and voice calling in 2014

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday rolled out its group calling feature — for both voice and video options — on iOS and Android devices for its 1.5 billion users.

The group calling feature supports up to four people simultaneously.

“You can make a group call with up to four people total — anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

WhatsApp users currently spend over two billion minutes on calls per day.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions,” WhatsApp added.

At Facebook’s F8 developer conference in May, WhatsApp had announced to bring group calling support on its platform.

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The instant messaging service unveiled video chatting in 2016 and voice calling in 2014. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Launches PiP Mode For Android Beta Users

The PiP feature was rolled out in January for iOS users

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

WhatsApp on Wednesday started rolling out “Picture in Picture (PiP) mode” for viewing videos hosted on selected platforms, for all Android beta users running Android operating system (OS version 4.4 and above).

According to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp, the PiP feature is being introduced for all Android beta users that would allow users to play videos hosted on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Streamable right within WhatsApp.

PiP is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback. It lets the user watch a video in a small window pinned to a corner of the screen while navigating between apps or browsing content on the main screen.

“Read later to discover if the feature is already enabled for you and please report us on Twitter if it correctly works.

“If you have already updated but you don’t see the feature, please back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp if you don’t want to wait more,” WABetaInfo said.

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WhatsApp rolls out ‘Picture in Picture mode’ for Android beta users. Pixabay

Users need to update WhatsApp version to the 2.18.301 Android beta update to use the new PiP mode.

WhatsApp has already implemented the feature on its iOS app and it is expected to be introduced for all Android users soon.

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The PiP feature was rolled out in January for iOS users.

The Facebook-owned company has over 200 million monthly active users in India and is one of the most popular mobile apps worldwide. (IANS)

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