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WhatsApp introduces a new feature that allows users to join an ongoing call directly from a group chat

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WhatsApp has integrated its joinable calls feature – which lets users directly join group chats in an ongoing group video. The latest update will give users the option to join ongoing group calls from the Group Chats tab. Joinable calls were first introduced on WhatsApp in July this year. The instant messaging app has now made several improvements to the feature by integrating it with WhatsApp Groups. In the changes introduced with the latest update, group call notifications will now display the group name instead of the participants name.

Some changes have been made in the joinable call feature of WhatsApp. A user can now join an ongoing WhatsApp group call from the group chat window. All ongoing group video and voice calls will now also appear in your chats which you can easily view and join as soon as you open the app.

The Facebook-owned company said, “We’re making it easy to seamlessly connect with your groups. Join ongoing calls with your groups at any time, easily and directly from the chat view.”

Once a group call is started, all members can join either immediately or in their spare time. The latter in a group chat a . A separate tab will appear with Join button, they can tap it to get into the call. WhatsApp says that the name of the group will be written instead of the name of the participants in the call notification. It is to be noted that only those people who are part of the respective WhatsApp group can join the ongoing group call. WhatsApp says that calls will now also get a slightly different ringtone that will make it “feel as light as sending and receiving messages”.

WhatsApp has been adding new features over the past week to attract new users and ensure privacy for existing users on the platform. It recently started rolling out end-to-end encryption for backups stored on Google Drive and iCloud for Android and iOS users respectively. The messaging platform is reportedly upgrading its existing voice message function with the Global Voice Message Player. The move will allow users to listen to voice messages when viewing recent chats. It is said that this update is currently being developed for beta testers. Separately, WhatsApp is reported to update its ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature which will give users the option to choose between 24 hours, seven days and 90 days after which the messages will disappear.


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