Recently, WhatsApp increased the number of participants for a group video call to 8 people. The company is now working on allowing 50 participants on a video call.
According to reports, WhatsApp Web will soon allow users to move video calls to the newly announced Messenger Rooms. If you are wondering what Messenger Rooms is, it is a video call/conferencing service just like Zoom but this time integrated into WhatsApp.The feature is currently rolling out to users in phases and will allow users to move WhatsApp group calls to Facebook Messenger in the future.
WhatsApp has plans to add a shortcut for Messenger Rooms to WhatsApp Web, Android, and iOS apps. The shortcut will allow the group participants to create a Messenger Room with a custom link that can be shared with others who want to join the call. While users can do this directly from Facebook, the shortcut would allow existing WhatsApp groups to carry the conversations to Messenger without interruptions.
The feature has started rolling out in phases to WhatsApp Beta for Android and will be available for iOS and Web as well. It is not clear if WhatsApp plans to reduce the participation limit on Android and iOS as it will be difficult to fit 50 people on a small smartphone screen but it remains to be seen.