WhatsApp has recently unveiled an exciting addition to its latest beta version – a voice chat feature that allows groups of up to 32 individuals to engage in dynamic spoken discussions.
This development has been confirmed by a reliable WhatsApp update source, WABetaInfo. The beta version, numbered 18.104.22.168, is now accessible to Android testers, introducing features reminiscent of popular platforms like Telegram, Discord, Slack’s Huddles, and even Meta’s Messenger.
Users with access to this feature will notice a distinctive waveform icon in group chats. This icon is visible only to accounts compatible with the feature. Initiating a voice chat is straightforward: by tapping the waveform icon, a dedicated voice chat interface opens. Once activated, up to 32 participants can effortlessly join the conversation and start speaking. Unlike traditional group calls, this feature avoids simultaneously ringing all participants’ phones.
Voice chat sessions continue after participants leave but automatically end after an hour.
WhatsApp maintains its commitment to privacy, ensuring end-to-end encryption for voice chats, and guaranteeing user security. Interestingly, this feature might extend beyond beta installations. WABetaInfo hints at a broader release shortly. While not the pioneer of this concept (Telegram introduced voice chat in 2020), WhatsApp has a unique advantage with its massive user base of over 2 billion people worldwide.
With this innovative voice chat feature, WhatsApp creates a more immersive and engaging experience for users.
Enabling connections through spoken conversations enhances the app’s versatility, meeting the varied communication needs of its vast user community. Whether it’s catching up with friends, collaborating with colleagues, or sharing thoughts with a wider audience, WhatsApp’s new voice chat feature is poised to revolutionize digital communication.