The Web version of the WhatsApp instant messaging app will soon offer users the possibility of holding video conferences with up to 50 participants. The information was revealed by the specialized website WABetaInfo. The new platform is expected to integrate the Messenger Rooms service. This was announced at the end of April by Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp.
With the current growing demand for video calling and videoconferencing applications in times of social distance due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the company’s aim is to compete with other apps, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
How Messenger Room Will Work On WhatsApp
Based on the information from WABetaInfo, the tool will have functionality similar to existing competitors in the market. The host of the call will create a room and shares the link or access code with the other participants in order for them to join the conversation.
The feature even allows, unlike some competitors, the participation of users who do not have accounts created on Facebook platforms.
WhatsApp Web with Messenger Rooms Still In Development
Still in development, the integration of WhatsApp Web with Messenger Rooms will be in the Android 2.20.139 update and will also get to iOS applications. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is still working on the possibility of adding the shortcut in the “Attach” menu. The button will have a camera icon and will be below the options for “photos and videos”, “camera”, “documents” and “contacts”.
Another shortcut that will be available in the main menu (icon of the three dots) is the option “Create a Room”. At present, WhatsApp users can make group video calls with up to eight participants via the mobile app.
Recall that WABetaInfo portal has recently noticed a new feature in the Android beta version 2.20.143 of WhatsApp, which indicates that the possibility of using the same account in parallel on several devices is currently in development.