Lately Whatsapp has increased the limit for participants in video calls to up to eight people, but the company is working to extend that limit to a maximum of fifty participants. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown in several countries of the world, video calls have been a fundamental tool both for joining loved ones and in the workplace. In this regard, services such as Zoom have exploded in terms of visibility.
The goal of WhatsApp is precisely that of reduce the gap with applications like Zoom and Google Meet, which allow you to accept a much higher number of participants. But how will you do it? Actually using an external service, even if also owned by Facebook.
According to the information reported by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp Web will soon allow group users to move on Messenger Rooms, a recently announced service that boasts support for up to 50 users simultaneously. Rooms works similarly to Zoom, and allows those who create the video call to share a link with all the users who want to invite to the conversation. The functionality currently undergoing progressive distribution and in the future will also allow group calls to be moved from WhatsApp to Facebook Messenger.
The ultimate goal of the company is to add one shortcut to Messenger Rooms on WhatsApp Web, where it is most useful (on desktop), but also on clients for Android and iOS. The shortcut will allow group participants to create a Messenger Room with a personalized link that can be shared with others who wish to join the call. Once exited from WhatsApp, however, a warning will appear that conversations on Messenger Rooms are not protected by end-to-end encryption.
What changes compared to today? Currently users can start one group video call with up to 50 participants directly from Facebook, but thanks to the novelty, you can move video calls from existing WhatsApp groups to Messenger without interruption. The function has been gradually launched on some WhatsApp Beta clients for Android and will also be available for iOS and Web. It is not clear whether WhatsApp plans to reduce the limit of participants on smartphones as it is not easy to adapt a 50-person layout on small smartphone screens.