WhatsApp is reportedly testing UI improvements in the Group Calling feature in the iOS app and will bring a new call button as well as some bug fixes. According to famous WhatsApp watcher WABetaInfo, the updates will roll in in a few weeks on iOS with the 184.108.40.206 version and Android users may have to wait for a some more time to get this upgrade. Those who have beta versions installed on their phones can test the new button.
When the new button is tapped, WhatsApp will present a list of all possible participants a user can start a call with. Since, only four participants can be in a group call, a user can only select three others. “If you try to select more than three participants, WhatsApp will send a pop-up alert. As mentioned above, the update also brings some bug fixes, which includes an issue where opening a chat may unintentionally trigger haptic feedback. The update also fixes the problem due to which GIFs may stop playing unexpectedly, downloading Stickers Packs and sending Stickers, among others.
A few days ago, WABetainfo reported that users of WhatsApp for iOS will soon be able to preview videos received in chats within push notifications. “WhatsApp is rolling out the possibility to view videos directly in the push notification for any iOS beta user having the 220.127.116.11 version installed! It will be available soon for App Store users,” WABetainfo said in a tweet. Currently, WhatsApp has a feature to play a YouTube video in the chat itself, in picture-in-picture (PIP) mode, instead of opening the dedicated YouTube app.
In another Apple-related development, WAbetainfo reported that Apple is removing all the WhatsApp Sticker apps from the App Store because these apps are allegedly violating the company’s guidelines. The iPhone-maker had reportedly listed out three other reasons that prompted the company to remove these apps. Apple reportedly says that there are too many apps with similar behaviour, and “requires WhatsApp to be installed. Apps should not require other apps.” The third reason that the company has reportedly given is that the design of all these apps is the same.