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New Delhi: Addressing to the recent surge in demand for video meeting apps post lockdown in many countries due to COVID-19, WhatsApp is coming up with a new feature to allow more users to join group audio and video calls.

The latest beta update of WhatsApp revealed that the instant messaging company is extending the current limit of 4 participants in a group voice of video call,

“WhatsApp, probably due to the concerns for the COVID-19 and the fact that more users are using group calls, has decided to extend that limit to allow calls with more participants,” said the report.

WhatsApp hasn’t revealed yet the number of users that can join the group audio and video calls but are keeping it a secret until the feature is rolled out globally for all people to use.

While you`re in a WhatsApp call, the instant messaging app shows a new information bubble, informing that the current call is end-to-end encrypted.

“All participants will have to be on the most recent WhatsApp version for iOS and Android to be able to participate in a bigger group call,” the report further mentioned.

According to latest data, the amount of time spent by people in group video calls has doubled globally in the wake of coronavirus lockdown currently in effect in many countries around the globe.

Similarly, voice and video calls on WhatsApp have more than doubled year-over-year in the places most impacted by COVID-19.

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