WhatsApp might've revealed its next major new feature

According to Independent.co.uk (via WABetaInfo), WhatsApp is planning to bring voice and video calls to group chats. However, WhatsApp has advanced by updating the feature to be live location, which is an end-to end secure encryption.

A report in WABetaInfo says that the new WhatsApp Beta for the iPhone update has a code which refers to the group voice calling feature. At the moment, you can use the app to ring contacts individually but voice and video call options are only available in one-on-one conversations.

"You must make alternative communication arrangements to make emergency calls", WhatsApp points out in its FAQ.

The recent update from WhatsApp has some hidden, upcoming features, which includes group voice calls. Yes as of now, the new feature will be tested by beta users, and eventually roll out to all users.

WhatsApp is rumoured to be plotting a face-saving feature which lets you "unsend" messages after they've been sent.

In addition, an image recently released by WhatsApp suggests the next update could also come with group video calling.

Note that we talk about a feature only when we are 100% sure, also if we haven't a lot of information, as happened with the WhatsApp Business app. It is also expected that WhatsApp might roll out the Unsend and Delete for everyone feature in its next update. It noted that as and when someone changes their number, with this new feature WhatsApp, all the added contacts will get the notification for the same.

Location-sharing is already a common feature on other social apps, including Snapchat's Snap Map and Facebook Messenger. The feature was spotted in the latest beta version of the messaging app by WABetaInfo. The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has added many features to its platform this year and the latest group voice and video calls feature, if rolled out, would be a ideal end to this year's advancements.

"WhatsApp is finally testing the Delete for Everyone feature: the server finally works and it successfully recalls the message", it previously wrote.

In a written statement, a spokesman for WhatsApp said: 'Today, we're rolling out a new feature that allows you to share your location in real-time with family or friends.

  • Terrell Bush