Whatsapp announced on Monday that it extends its call connecting functionality to group chats. Joining calls, first introduced in July, allow users to join an ongoing group call after it has started. With this latest addition, users can now call a WhatsApp group and join the call directly from a group chat window.
The company also advises that the call notification now shows the name of the group instead of the names of the participants. The ongoing call is shown in the chat list so users can see which groups have live calls as soon as they open the app.
“We make it easier to connect with your groups on the fly. Take part in ongoing calls with your groups at any time, effortlessly and directly from the chat view with one click, ”said a statement from WhatsApp. “As group calls become more popular, the integration of can-join calls gives WhatsApp users a new on-the-fly way to connect with their family and friends groups.”
In addition, WhatsApp says the calls now have a bright, clear ringtone, making them “as easy as sending and receiving a message.”
The Facebook-owned company has rolled out several new features over the past few months to retain and attract new users. Recently, WhatsApp announced that it was introducing a new feature that would allow users to encrypt their chat history backup to iCloud or Google Drive. Although the company offers encrypted chats between users on its platform, users did not have the option to protect the backups of these chats stored in the cloud.
The addition of encrypted chat backups fixes a major loophole that governments have exploited to maintain private communication between users. WhatsApp says it will make this new feature available to users in all markets where the app operates.