The Facebook-owned text messaging company and social media giant WhatsApp have been constantly working towards improving their mobile application on both Android and iOS devices. In the same quest, they have made quite a lot of changes to both their user interface and providing unique features. Earlier this year they introduced disappearing messages which was a feature that was long demanded by its users.
At the time of a global pandemic, it becomes especially important to be connected to your loved ones. However, it becomes very tedious when you miss a group call because WhatsApp didn’t have the feature of joinable group calls until now. WhatsApp has worked extensively on this new feature and has finally rolled out joinable group calls which will allow users to join an ongoing call if they failed to receive it initially.
Using this feature, users can add up to 8 members at a time and see all the members on the screen.
The messaging company said in a statement, “We’ve also created a call info screen so you can see who is already on the call, and who has been invited but not yet joined. If you hit ‘ignore’ you can join later from the calls tab in WhatsApp”.
WhatsApp informed that when a user receives a group video call, the incoming WhatsApp group video call screen will show the participants currently on the call, and the first contact listed will be the participant that added the user.
The new feature of ‘Joinable calls’ will reduce the burden of answering a group call at the moment it starts and brings the spontaneity and ease of in-person conversations to the group calling on WhatsApp.
Additionally, if someone misses a group call, they can still join whenever they like and the call can be also be dropped off and could be re-joined again.
WhatsApp has also confirmed that it will not affect the security and privacy of end-to-end encryption in any way.
WhatsApp is also working on many new features like multiple devices support which will enable the user to log into WhatsApp on a maximum of 4 devices simultaneously. Reports suggest that the company is also developing a new feature of encrypted cloud backup.