The facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp has released a new beta update that brings improvements to voice and video call features on the platform. In the new update for WhatsApp iOS app, the voice call users interface is redesigned that resembles Apple’s FaceTime audio call interface and the group video calls get a new ‘join’ button to participate in ongoing conference calls.
The popular messaging company is regularly updating the app with new features and improvements to stay relevant in a very competitive digital market. Recently, it was discovered that the app is testing a new Snapchat-like feature called ‘View Once’ that will allow users to share photos and videos which will disappear after they have been seen once. Unlike Snapchat, WhatsApp will not notify the senders if someone takes a screenshot for their shared content.
In upcoming updates, WhatsApp will introduce a new audio call interface and join a group video call feature
Wabetainfo discovered the new beta update with audio and video call changes. As per the shared image, the call interface has FaceTime-like circular icons for speaker, video call, mute, and cancel options in a swipe-up menu.
“WhatsApp has released the 18.104.22.168 beta update on TestFlight. The first one is a new user interface when you call WhatsApp users (it’s very similar to the interface you see on Facetime), that allows you to quickly find the option you’re looking for, and there is a Ring button too.”
In addition, the report states that the group video call interface has a new ‘Tap to Join’ option that will allow users to join an ongoing video call.
When can you join group calls? If you temporarily ignore to participate in a group call, and you open WhatsApp again after some time, if the group call is still ongoing, WhatsApp might present you an alert if you want to quickly join the call, without asking other participants to add you again. When there is a call you can join, you can find a “Tap to join” banner in the Calls tab and a “Join call” button in the group chat where the call is started.
The new features are currently available in WhatsApp beta for iOS, but it is reported that the Android version of the app will receive the updates soon.