WhatsApp announces a host of new features for its Groups. The new features for WhatsApp Groups will be rolled out in the coming weeks but the company has already revealed the details about what to expect. It includes the facility to connect with 32 people in a group voice call and share files with sizes of up to 2 gigabytes. The Meta-owned messaging platform also announced the Communities feature where Groups can be organized into a bigger community.
At present, only eight people can be added to a group voice call using the mobile app, and the size of each file to be exchanged among the users should not exceed 1 GB.
WhatsApp Group New Features:
The new WhatsApp Group features include Reactions, 32-member voice-calling, 2TB file transfer, and more powers to the Group admin. These features have been announced but they will only start rolling out to users in the next few weeks.
WhatsApp will be introducing a feature that will be inspired by both Facebook and Instagram. In the past, most users responded to texts and media by sending one reaction each. However, users will now be able to react to the same message using emojis. People can quickly share their opinion without sending a ton of new messages to respond.
Larger Voice Calls
WhatsApp previously extends group calls to 8 members from 4. Now, the company has introduced voice calling for up to 32 members at a time. WhatsApp has also redesigned the voice calls interface.
Admins will have more authority over their group. Group admins will be able to remove errant or problematic messages from everyone’s chats. The limitation and exceptions, if any, will be revealed at a later date.
WhatsApp is increasing the file sharing limit to support files up to 2 GB. WhatsApp claims that they are doing this so that people can easily collaborate on a project. The details about the format of the files will be revealed ahead of the official roll-out.
Communities, WhatsApp’s newest feature, will allow users to structure different related groups under a single umbrella. This will help admins organize groups better. Moreover, they will get the flexibility to either send messages to the entire Community or send updates in the smaller group subsets.
As for the availability, WhatsApp says that these features will be “rolling out in the coming weeks so people can start trying them out even before Communities are ready”. These features will be rolled out for beta users, followed by a stable release.
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