WABetaInfo, which has expected the move for some time, spotted a subtle reference to the upcoming features in a recent WhatsApp blog post. This latest development for WhatsApp sees the popular messaging service borrow a functionality that is already available on Facebook.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp's group voice calls feature should roll out before the group video calls option now being planned by Facebook called Bonfire.
WhatsApp announced the feature on their official blog, where the Facebook owned company was keen to play up their end-to-end encryption security measures that are created to keep your location details safe.
If we believe WaBetaInfo, than the next version of WhatsApp (V 2.17.70) will have WhatsApp Group Voice Calling feature.
If you notice the image below, you can see that the screenshot in the middle shows a person sharing their location with friends in a group chat, but you can also see voice call and video call-related icons at the top right corner. According to earlier reports, even WhatsApp was working on a group voice calls and could release the feature next year. The admin will be able to add and remove multiple participants in a single go. "So group video calls are partially confirmed at the moment".
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As faster internet connectivity is available to the masses now, people are using video calling a lot more than ever.
You can now use the popular messaging app to ring up your individual contacts, but the voice and video call options only appear inside one-on-one conversations.
The Facebook-owned messenger has introduced references to the feature in its latest beta, WaBetaInfo has revealed.
The new WhatsApp v2.17.70 will also send a request to the server to ask if one calling the user is on another call or not. There is also a choice to keep the group maker to be deleted from the group by other administrators. Apart from the group calling feature, WhatsApp in the next beta update may also come with another feature that will let users "notify friends when you change your number". But now, WaBetaInfo, a site that tests new WhatsApp features notes that the feature is being tested and will soon be rolled out to those who use a beta version of WhatsApp.