WhatsApp Now Supports 32-Person Video Chats, Communities Feature Goes Global

Popular Meta-owned messaging app WhatsApp received a handful of new feature additions today, along with the global rollout of its new Communities feature.

whatsapp communities
Communities is designed to allow people to bring together separate groups under a single umbrella, providing users with a way to receive updates that are sent to an entire community, and then organize smaller discussion groups on important topics.

An example use case could be school parents creating an overarching "School" community, which breaks out into smaller groups based on grade and other factors. WhatsApp first started testing Communities in April, and now they're gradually rolling out worldwide.

The encrypted chat platform has also gained in-chat polls, something that has been in beta testing since March. Users are now able to ask a poll question and group members can choose from pre-defined answers. Like chats, polls are end-to-end encrypted, meaning only people in the group can see the poll and the results.

In addition, video calls can now have up to 32 participants, and the maximum group size has been doubled from 512 to 1024 users.

whatsapp features
WhatsApp has worked to improve the group chat experience over the last few years in an effort to keep up with competing platforms, introducing group descriptions, a catch-up feature, a one-way messaging option, and protection for users who are being added repeatedly to groups they've left.

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mdnz Avatar
23 months ago

People still use that? :rolleyes:
Yes, but only 2.2 billion people globally so it's not that big of a deal.
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Steve121178 Avatar
23 months ago

People still use that? :rolleyes:
Most of the world does.
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Leon Ze Professional Avatar
23 months ago
Don't touch Metaverse products with a barge pole if you value any kind of privacy.
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DENZIE Avatar
23 months ago
WhatsApp for iPad please. +1 to apple silicon. Non-blurry photos in Apple Watch notifications. Some of the features sorely needed.
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Akrapovic Avatar
23 months ago

People still use that? :rolleyes:
2 billion people. Who all now have tiny paper cuts from how edgy this comment was.
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contacos Avatar
23 months ago

Don't touch Metaverse products with a barge pole if you value any kind of privacy.
Are iCloud Messages even encrypted? I thought Apple has a key for iCloud backup.

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I still need WhatsApp since it’s simply more feature rich then iMessage and the storage management of iMessage drives me up the wall but I still continue to give it a chance. iMessage still has a long way to go and I don’t care about Memoji. First think I turned off
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