Is about time, you gather your friends together for a group video call.
Facebook, during its first day of annual F8 developers’ conference in San Francisco California, has announced a slew of features that will be made available for the popular messaging app, WhatsApp. The company’s CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that WhatsApp will get group video calling feature and sticker support ‘soon’.
“Voice and video calling are very popular on WhatsApp, and we’re excited to share that group calling will be coming in the months ahead. Stickers are also coming to WhatsApp soon,” the company said in a blog post.
This is a good news for WhatsApp users as the one thing that many demanded in the past was the ability to make group video calls. As per the demo shown by the social media giant, users might be able to call up to 4 four friends, however, there is no official information about it. Coming to stickers, users will soon use stickers, which is similarly found in Facebook Messenger, Instagram and other social media applications.
Meanwhile, Facebook has announced some really interesting features. To start with, it will soon introduce Tinder-like dating app feature along with Clear history, sharing to stories, crisis response, blood donations on Facebook, investing in our developer community and more. The dating app feature will soon come to Facebook. Speaking at Facebook’s annual F8 conference he said: “There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here
Mubarik Imam, WhatsApp director took the stage and went further to revealed that WhatsApp now has over 450 million daily users, and over 2 billion minutes of video and audio calls are made through WhatsApp each day
Although Imam didn’t shed more light on how the group video calls will work just yet, but from the example video, we can see that calls will allow four people to simultaneously participate.
WhatsApp is getting stickers, following in the footsteps of other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Line, and WeChat. It will also let allow third parties to develop their own collections of stickers.
And finally, WhatsApp is expanding its push into business. It launched WhatsApp For Business on Android earlier this year, which currently remains free. But the app may begin to charge large brands for additional perks that would help them reach more customers and make money.