WhatsApp To Compete with Others
WhatsApp has finally wakeup to the yearning of the masses in competition with other Giants like Zoom and Skype for video conference calls.
At the moment, WhatsApp only permit a maximum of four people to participate in a its video call, however, it is obvious that might be about to change. It was revealed that WABetaInfo, which specializes in trawling through WhatsApp beta releases, has unraveled code hidden in the latest beta that suggests that limit is about to be raised very soon.
The snippet of code was first discovered in the beta for iOS, suggesting it might be another change that would only affect iPhone users, but was soon spotted in the Android version as well.
One of the visible modifications in the previous WhatsApp beta is a new header that appears while calls, notifying you that the connection is end-to-end encrypted. There are much more interesting developments under the hood though, in the form of unrevealed code strings.
The best facilitating string specifies that “all participants need the newest edition of WhatsApp for calls with %D people”. There’s no hint as to what number %D represents yet, but it must be higher than the current limit of four if it’s only accessible to users running the newest version of the app.
Zoom, a major competitor of the biggest has the ability to host up to 100 participants (or 500 for pro version). If WhatsApp is able to raise its limit substantially, it might become a serious alternative for video calls with lots of participants – which would be particularly helpful now so many people worldwide are relying on video conferencing for their daily work in this era of global lockdown due to Covid 19 Pandemic.
Nevermind, the said change isn’t available to try yet, though, you’ll be updated once it’s accessible for beta users – and when it’s rolled out in the release version for public access.