WhatsApp added group video calling two years ago, and although it has recently been made easier to use, the participant limit has remained the same ever since: up to four participants maximumincluding you.
As WaBetaInfo has been able to find out, the code from the latest beta versions of WhatsApp give us clues that this limit could change in future versions of WhatsApp. That is, WhatsApp would allow you to do group video calls with more than four participants.
Video calls for larger groups
WaBetaInfo claims to have found clues to the impending increase in the WhatsApp group call limit in both the iOS and Android versions of WhatsApp. Unfortunately, we don’t know what the new limit will bebeyond which it should increase to the current four.
The latest beta version of WhatsApp includes several text strings that mention the need to have a current version of the application to initiate a call with a certain number of participants. That is, you will need to have a current version for making calls with more than four participants. Example of one of these texts:
To initiate calls with %d people, all participants need the latest version of WhatsApp
The value of %d is not indicated, so we can only guess at what the new limit will be. At present, Facebook Messenger supports up to 50 people and Instagram up to six people, both Facebook applications, but with a different internal architecture than WhatsApp.
What the text strings make clear is that this change will apply to future versions of WhatsAppperhaps by altering the maximum number of participants remotely. As usual, we do not know when WhatsApp will activate this new feature, or if it will stay on the road. It’s time to wait.
Via : WaBetaInfo