Due to the lockdown in different parts of the world, people are highly relying on video calls for communication. While Zoom initially picked up massive popularity soon the various security and privacy concerns discovered on the platform forced users to look for alternatives.
Meanwhile, Google made some improvements to Google Meet and Google Duo including a new layout, features, increased group limit and so on, so that users have a better experience.
WhatsApp, on the other hand, has already been quite popular but it’s 4-user video call limit was irking many people. However, the platform has quickly rectified that and has announced that soon the app will support a video call with up to 8 users (including the host) simultaneously.
As explained by WhatsApp:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many of us are isolated from friends and family, and as a result, we’ve seen that people are turning to voice and video calling on WhatsApp more than ever before. Group calling has been particularly useful and our users have asked to connect with more people at once. Starting today, we’re doubling the number of participants you can have on a WhatsApp video or voice call from 4 to 8 people at a time.”
WhatsApp says that, like messages, all of its video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. It’s also sought to build its expansion of group video calling with mobile data limitations in mind. Many WhatsApp users are in developing regions, where access to data is not as readily available, so it’s been working to minimize the system’s demands in order to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to utilize the feature to connect with family and friends face-to-face, in a virtual sense.
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