WhatsApp group calling is on its way, going by the code spotted in the latest beta version for the iPhone app. While group voice calling for WhatsApp is pretty much confirmed due to multiple references, there is only a single mention of group video calls for the platform. Nonetheless, it will be a worthwhile addition to the app, which has been adding loads of features this year for its more than 1 billion users. However, it is not yet clear when WhatsApp would roll the features.
According to WABetaInfo, which reports on upcoming features of WhatsApp, the WhatsApp v2.17.70 beta for iPhone update has code references to group calls. “The 2.17.70 iOS update has very hidden references to group calls! Before it was an internal news, now it’s all confirmed,” WABetaInfo tweeted on Sunday, adding, “There are a lot of hidden references about group voice calls, but there is only one reference about group video calls. So group video calls are partially confirmed at the moment.”
This means that the beta testers will get the group calling feature in the next WhatsApp update. This probably indicates that WhatsApp may officially roll out the feature very soon. Some reports that leaked earlier hinted that WhatsApp may roll out the group voice and video calling feature next year, but then, considering the fact that the update is soon coming to the beta users, chances are that the official rollout of the feature could be before the scheduled time.Apart from the group calling feature, WhatsApp in the next beta update may also roll out another feature, which is – “notify friends when you change your number.” This bit of information comes from Teknepolis – a technology website. It noted that as and when someone changes their number, with this new feature WhatsApp, all the added contacts will get the notification for the same. This feature will work everyone a contact changes its contact number.