After a brief period of testing with beta users, WhatsApp began rolling out its new call interface for iPhone users on Wednesday. The popular messaging app makes it easier for users to add more people to an ongoing call, along with other improvements.
How we covered up 9to5Mac last week, these changes were already available to users who installed the beta version of the WhatsApp app. The new call screen looks a lot like FaceTime, showing everyone who is on the phone. From there, users can invite other people to join the connection and even call someone again if they couldn’t answer.
When can you take part in group calls? If you temporarily ignore joining a group call and reopen WhatsApp after a while and the group call is still going on, the app may show you a warning if you want to quickly join the call without asking other participants to add you again.
The WhatsApp version 2.21.140 release notes also mention that archived chats will now be archived and muted when new messages are received. The update also shows sticker suggestions when the user writes a message.
See the full changelog below:
* You can now exit and rejoin group calls from the Calls tab while they are still in progress.
* Archived chats are now archived and muted when new messages are received. You can change the experience in Settings> Chats> Keep Chats Archived.
* Sticker suggestions will help you find relevant stickers that you have downloaded while composing a message.
However, according to WhatsApp, these new features will gradually be released to users, so not everyone will get them immediately after installing the update. WhatsApp is available for free of charge in the App Store and requires an iPhone with iOS 10 or higher.
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