WhatsApp, the popular messaging app owned by Meta, is introducing a new voice chat feature for large groups. This feature takes inspiration from Discord, a platform known for its voice communication capabilities. The aim of this new feature is to provide users with a less disruptive alternative to group calls.
Unlike traditional group calls, where every member’s phone rings simultaneously, the WhatsApp voice chat feature starts quietly. Users can join the voice chat by simply tapping on an in-chat bubble, allowing them to seamlessly transition from messaging to voice communication. This feature also enables users to continue messaging those who are unable to join the voice chat, ensuring that no one is left out of the conversation.
To enhance the user experience, WhatsApp has incorporated call controls at the top of the chat. Users can unmute themselves, hang up, or message the group without having to leave the chat. This streamlined approach aims to make voice communication within large groups more convenient and efficient.
The rollout of the voice chat feature will occur globally over the next few weeks, starting with groups of 33 people or more. Additionally, all voice chats on WhatsApp are protected by end-to-end encryption, ensuring the privacy and security of users’ communications.
WhatsApp has been actively introducing new features to enhance its platform. Recently, they added the ability to use two accounts simultaneously and introduced passkey support for Android. These updates aim to provide users with added flexibility and convenience while using the app.
The launch of voice chats on WhatsApp follows a statement from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who revealed that users and businesses are interacting over 600 million times per day on Meta’s platforms. This highlights the significance of WhatsApp Business, which has contributed significantly to Meta’s revenue, reaching $293 million in Q3, a notable 53% increase year-over-year.
With the rollout of the new voice chat feature, WhatsApp continues to innovate and enhance its communication capabilities, solidifying its position as one of the leading messaging platforms globally.