With the update to WhatsApp version 2.20.50, Facebook is releasing the video call with up to 8 participants for all users, including us. As we discovered a couple of weeks ago in the beta version of the app, the application doubles the capacity of group conversations.
The operation of the video call system remains the same, we simply touch the camera button in a group conversation, which will now appear in chats of up to eight people, including us. As we saw last week, in order to make a call to eight people, all of them must have the latest version of the application .
Although 8 people seems to be a more appropriate limitation than 4, it should be remembered that if we need to call more participants we have at our disposal alternatives such as FaceTime, Zoom or Skype, among many others . Alternatives that also offer functions such as virtual backgrounds, screen sharing, etc.
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At a time when FaceTime allows video calls with up to 32 people , properly encrypted from end to end and of high quality, it is striking that Facebook decides to impose a limit of only 8 people. Although one thing is clear, it is welcome that Facebook extends the communication limitations of its main messaging app, especially after it imposed other limits on the use of the app.