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WhatsApp increases limit of participants in video calls

WhatsApp, a messaging platform owned by Facebook, increased the limit of people who can participate in a video call from four to eight. The popular mobile messaging application explained that in order to exceed the four participants, all the phones involved in the call must have their latest version installed, and that the video call can be created both from a group of friends already existing on WhatsApp and from a personal conference to which more people are added.

The platform acquired by Facebook is very popular worldwide as a system for exchanging written messages and audio recordings, but in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, it has lagged behind in the field of video calls, which have exploded in recent years. weeks.

Zoom, Houseparty, Google Hangouts, Skype or FaceTime are experiencing a moment of great user growth that WhatsApp seems to have lagged behind.

With the change WhatsApp tries to make its service more appealing for large virtual meetings, but its limit of eight participants is still very far from those offered by its competitors: 32 participants in the case of FaceTime, 50 in Skype and up to 100 in Zoom.

Also with the idea of ​​recovering lost ground, Facebook launched a new teleconferencing service, Messenger Rooms, which allows video calls of up to fifty people (Messenger calls - owned by Facebook - currently only allow eight participants), although for the At that time that number is smaller and the limit is different for each user.

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