The idea is not revolutionary, but it was so far not available on WhatsApp, which is now catching up.
Despite the strong criticism received by the platform at the beginning of the year following the change of its general conditions of use, WhatsApp has visibly passed the crisis. The company remains as popular with Internet users as ever, and is now working to innovate to enrich its user experience. After allowing better management of image compression and support for multiple devices on the same account, this week, the online discussion platform formalized the arrival of a new feature, intended for facilitate group calls.
While the company, acquired by Facebook in 2014 had until then largely focused on the sharing of multimedia files, WhatsApp now wants to compete with Zoom and Meet. Now users will be able to join an ongoing group video or audio call using a new icon dedicated located in the top information bar. While the company has so far forbidden to participate in a call already started, the new policy of WhatsApp is visibly less strict, and should in particular facilitate group conversations with family or friends.
A feature borrowed from Messenger, Facebook’s chat platform, which fills a slight delay compared to market leaders like Google Meet and Zoom, which have been offering this type of functionality for a long time. Unsurprisingly, WhatsApp also took advantage of this announcement to reassure its users, by promising “The security and privacy of end-to-end encryption”.