WhatsApp update boosts video calling to allow 8 people at once


WhatsApp is boosting its video chatting capabilities. 

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Want to video or voice chat with more people over WhatsApp? Now you can.

In a new update released Monday, the popular messaging app is bumping up the number of people who can be on a video call at once to eight, double its previous limit of four, the company said in an update note on the iPhone App Store

The Android version of the app does not yet appear to be updated in the Google Play Store but, as MSPowerUser notes, an updated version with support for eight callers can be downloaded directly from WhatsApp’s website, which suggests that it should arrive through the Play Store shortly. WhatsApp didn’t immediately respond to a request for more information.

To have a call with more people, everyone on the call needs to be on the latest version of the app on either platform. 

The Facebook-owned messaging app is the latest to bump up its calling capabilities as people look to stay connected while stuck at home. Last week Facebook introduced a new Messenger Rooms feature that allows up to 50 people to video chat at once with no time limit for how long the chat lasts.

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