WhatsApp Starts Testing The New FaceTime Face Call Interface, The Ability To Join Group Calls Once They Start

WhatsApp is testing an improvement on the voice call interface. It also tests the ability to join group calls while they are in progress. The latter is not possible until now, and if you miss a group call, then the active participant must add you back in order to join the conversation. However, WhatsApp seems to fill this gap with the option to join ongoing group calls. WhatsApp rolled out these two changes to iOS beta users.

WABetaInfo, a popular WhatsApp feature tracker, reports that the instant messaging platform has launched WhatsApp for iOS beta v2.21.140.11 on TestFlight. The update brings a new user interface for calls that is very similar to the FaceTime interface. This allows users to quickly find the options they’re looking for, including a new Ring button right next to the username. The latest WhatsApp beta update for iOS also tests the ability to let people invited to group calls join even when the call starts.

As in WABetaInfo, if a user ignores to temporarily participate in a group call, and opens WhatsApp after a few seconds to find out that the group call is still in progress, the user will be able to join it without participant intervention. WhatsApp will likely alert you if you want to quickly join the call, without asking other participants to add you again. When there is a group call that You can join, WhatsApp will show a pair of Tap to join on the Calls tab and a Join call button in the group chat where the call started.

Both of these features have been activated in WhatsApp for iOS beta v2.21.140.11 and users can update to the latest version to test it out. WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp will launch these features in WhatsApp beta for Android soon. However, the exact timeline has not been announced.


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Tasneem Akolawala is Senior Correspondent for Gadget 360. Her reporting expertise covers smartphones, gadgets, apps, social media, and the entire tech industry. He reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs of India’s telecommunications sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and hints, tips, and posts can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More

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