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Group video calls of up to 8 WhatsApp participants have already reached iOS

Recently, rumors circulated on the Internet that WhatsApp could increase the limit on the number of participants in video calls so as not to lose ground in relation to the most popular platforms. Now, the latest update to the iOS app allows you to make group video calls for up to 8 people.

The application page in the Apple store recognizes the new functionality, indicating that all users must have installed the new version of WhatsApp in order to participate. To start a video call with up to eight members, the user will have to select the participants in advance, and they will not be able to include members who are not part of the contact list on their mobile phone.

WhatsApp users on the Android operating system will have to wait a little longer for the arrival of the latest Google Play Store update. However, the most impatient will be able to download the updated APK directly from the WhatsApp website.

In times of pandemic and social isolation, video calling applications and platforms have become the preferred way for many to keep in touch with family, friends and co-workers. It is recalled that, in early April, the company led by Mark Zuckerberg decided to facilitate calls to groups of up to four members in the application. Although WhatsApp has always doubled the limit, WhatsApp competes in a market where rival platforms allow a greater number of participants.

For example, Google Duo recently increased the number of people who can be in the same conversation to 12. FaceTime for iOS allows 32 participants, the new Messenger Rooms have virtual conference rooms for up to 50 members and Zoom has video support for up to 100 people.