Whatsapp for Android has introduced a dedicated call button feature in group chats with the latest update. The messaging app had introduced this feature for iOS last month. Whatsapp had started rolling out group voice chats and video calling feature back in August last year but making a group call turned out to be a difficult process. The new feature comes with a dedicated button which lets users make group calls by adding selected participants from a slide-out tray that shows all the contacts at one place. The new update also fixes a bug that caused GIFs to malfunction. The app can be updated through Google Play Store.
The new update was first spotted by WAbetaInfo who tweeted about this new feature. Group calling feature was already available on Whatsapp but the process was quite cumbersome. When the group calling feature first arrived on Whatsapp, users had to start a voice or a video call with one contact, once the call was connected users would need to tap a button on the top right corner of the screen to add another contact to the chat. As soon as the call was connected users would see an Add person icon that would appear over recipient’s name. This process was confusing and very non-innovative.
With the new update, it is a lot easier to make group calls now. The beta version of this feature was first spotted back in November. The feature comes with a dedicated group call button that lets users select the contacts they want to call and then press the voice call or video call button, making it a more convenient experience.
The new update can be downloaded from Google Play Store.
Whatsapp has been rolling out various updates for its app lately. Whatsapp recently announced that it would be launching text-to-speech feature for its app that will allow users to dictate messages to their phones. The update will be rolling out in phases.