WhatsApp is launching a new feature today
WhatsApp is a bit like waiting for the bus. There haven’t been any significant upgrades in months… now two are coming at once. Last week, the chat app confirmed that it would finally launch the ability to use its service on laptops and tablets without the need for a nearby phone. And now it updates its video and voice calls with a very useful addition that allows users to jump into a chat after things have started.
The feature, called Joinable Calls, is rolling out today and means those who miss the start of a group video call can still connect at any point during the call. Users can even hang up to answer the door or turn on dinner before jumping into the conversation later. As it stands, those who don’t answer the incoming call on time, or hang up halfway through a call, won’t be able to join the ongoing call with the other participants.
To better enable users to make calls and join them, WhatsApp has created a new call information screen so that users can see who is already on a call and who has been invited but not yet joined. Anyone who presses the ignore button when the conversation starts can easily join later from the Call tab in WhatsApp.
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WhatsApp update now makes it easier to join chats
Speaking of the update, WhatsApp said in a blog post: “At a time when so many of us are not together, there’s nothing better than getting together for a group chat with friends and family, and there’s nothing worse than realizing that you missed a special moment.
“Some of the best conversations happen when you least expect it. Now, if someone in your group misses a call when the phone rings, they can still join whenever they want. is still going on.”
As we mentioned before, this isn’t the only upgrade coming to WhatsApp.
Until now, using WhatsApp on your laptop, computer or tablet meant a secure connection to a smartphone. But after years of waiting, that will change.
The update means users will soon be able to use WhatsApp on up to four devices simultaneously, plus a phone. Even better, it works without a phone connection. The new feature puts WhatsApp ahead of rivals Signal and Telegram. Signal has end-to-end encryption, but does not support multiple devices. Meanwhile, Telegram’s encrypted “secret” chats can only be read on one device.
Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp, said of the upgrade: “I’m really excited about the launch of a beta version of our new multi-device functionality for @WhatsApp. Now you can use our desktop or web experiences even when your phone isn’t active. and connected to the internet.”
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