WhatsApp to target zoom and other video calling apps, will it succeed?

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is all set to take on the trending video calling app, Zoom. WhatsApp is likely to introduce a new feature that allows adding more than four people to join a video call.

Zoom and other video calling apps have gained tremendous popularity among users during the lockdown condition due to the coronavirus outbreak. One of the main features that boost the Zoom app demand is that it allows multiple participants to take part in a group video call. WhatsApp too has decided to introduce a new feature to compete with Zoom and other similar video calling apps.

According toWABetainfo, WhatsApp has decided to extend the limit of participants in a group call. The report did not reveal the exact number of participant limit in the new group feature and stated that the new feature is still in the development stage. WhatsApp is prioritising on testing the new feature, to ensure that the feature is bug-free before officially rollingit out for the benefit of its users.WAbetainfon spotted the feature WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.20.50.23.

The updated group calling feature might not be available in the existing version of WhatsApp. The users should update to a newer version of WhatsApp to access the new group calling feature.

Zoom rose to popularity with high demand for remote video calls facilities, as million are working from home. However, several companies, agencies and governments from around the world cited security issues with the app and have banned its usage. The Indian government too released an advisory statement reading, “Many organisations have allowed their staff to work from home to stop the spread of coronavirus disease. Online communication platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Teams for Education, Slack, Cisco WebEx etc are being used for remote meetings and webinars. Insecure usage of the platform may allow cybercriminals to access sensitive information such as meeting details and conversations,” the statement by the Home Ministry read.

Currently, WhatsApp only allows four participants to take part in a group video call.

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