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WhatsApp launches Joinable calls feature, lets users join group call even after it’s started

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WhatsApp the Facebook-owned company has added many new features to its user-friendly program for years. This includes allowing users to use the same WhatsApp account on multiple devices at the same time, allowing users to send photos and videos without losing quality, and adding expired media support.

Recently, WhatsApp rolling out a new UI for audio and video calls and the ability to allow users to join missed group calls. At the time, this was limited to selecting WhatsApp beta users. But now, both versions are finally being released to more users.

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In the blog post, WhatsApp officially announced joinable calls, a feature that allows users to jump into group calls even when they’ve started.

If you missed an incoming group call or ignored it, WhatsApp now displays the “Tap to join” banner on the Calls tab to allow you to join immediately (as long as the call is still in progress). Additionally, users can also drop and join an ongoing group call, such as Google Meet and Zoom calls.

The incoming call UI for group calls has also been updated. Instead of the red drop-down button, there is a new “Ignore” button, and the “Join” button has replaced the green welcome button. The new UI also shows you who has already joined the call and who has been invited but has not yet joined.

Calls integrated with the new call UI are rolling out to WhatsApp users from today. Both of these upgrades are already live in the latest version of WhatsApp beta and will soon be entering a stable version.

HOW TO JOIN GROUP VIDEO CALL:

  1. You’ll receive a notification when someone invites you to join a group video call.
  2. If you can’t join, tap Ignore. To open the call info screen, tap Join.
  3. From the call menu, you can preview the call participants and other invitees.
  4. Tap Join to join the call.
  5. While on the call, tap Open to open the call info screen.
  6. Tap Add participant to add more contacts to the call.
  7. Tap RING to send a notification to people who’ve already been invited.

JOIN A MISSED GROUP VIDEO CALL

  1. Open WhatsApp, then tap the CALLS tab.
  2. If the call is ongoing, tap the call you’d like to join. This will open the call info screen.
  3. From the call menu, tap Join.

NOTES:

  1. Only eight participants can be active on a call at one time.
  2. Make sure you and your contacts have strong internet connections when placing or receiving group video calls. The quality of the video call will depend on the contact with the weakest connection.
  3. During a group video call, you have the option to turn your video off by tapping Video off.
  4. You can’t remove a contact during a group video call. The contact would need to hang up their phone to disconnect from the call.
  5. While it’s possible to be in a group video call with someone you’ve blocked, you can’t add a contact that you’ve blocked to the call or a contact that has blocked you.
  6. Video calling is only available on Android phones running 4.1 or newer.

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WhatsApp revamps drawing editor with better color selection and font adjustment tools

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WhatsApp has rolled out a new update for its beta version 2.24.10.22, which includes a redesigned drawing editor. This update is currently available to a limited number of beta testers through the Google Play Beta Program.

The update brings a significant change to the drawing editor by moving the brush and color tools to the bottom of the screen. This change is particularly beneficial for users with larger screens, as it makes the tools easier to access and use with one hand.

Additionally, WhatsApp has improved the color selection feature by introducing a palette of 24 default colors. This simplifies the process of choosing colors for users. The font size adjustment has also been made more user-friendly, with a new bar that allows users to scroll to change the size, instead of the previous gesture control.

WhatsApp new drawing editor

This redesigned drawing editor was first mentioned in the Android 2.24.9.6 update and later released to iOS users, and is now being rolled out to Android beta testers. This update overall aims to offer a more accessible and improved drawing editor to provide an enhanced user experience.

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Android and iOS users getting WhatsApp’s fresh design update

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WhatsApp Android iOS design update

WhatsApp is rolling out a significant design update for its iOS and Android apps to provide users with a more stylish and user-friendly experience. The latest update introduces a refreshed layout, new icons, and lively animations for better navigation and app functionality.

For Android users, the update includes a darker Dark Mode that offers better contrast and deeper tones to minimize eye strain in low-light conditions. This enhancement not only improves visual comfort but also enhances the legibility of the app.

A notable addition to the Android interface is the modern, native bottom navigation bar. This feature positions tabs within easy reach by using a more intuitive user experience that aligns with Android’s design practices.

Meanwhile, iOS users will find that the way of sending photos and videos has been simplified with a new attachment layout. The full-screen menu has been replaced by an expandable tray, providing clearer access to various features such as media, polls, and documents.

On the iOS front, the process of sending photos and videos has been simplified. Users will check an expandable tray rather than the previous full-screen menu, offering clearer access to various features such as media, polls, and documents.

WhatsApp Android iOS design update

Android and iOS users now benefit from chat filters, simplifying the task of finding important conversations. The design update is being released for Android and iOS devices and will be available to users who update their WhatsApp app in the coming days. They can install the update via the App Store or Google Play Store.

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WhatsApp introduces new audio call bar feature for enhanced multitasking

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WhatsApp is improving its interface with the latest beta update, which introduces a new audio call bar feature. The update is available for Android users with version 2.24.10.18 via the Google Play Beta Program.

With version 2.24.7.19, WhatsApp brought a redesigned calling screen with clearer buttons and a minimized option. Now, WhatsApp takes a step further by adding a call bar at the top of the screen, allowing users to manage audio calls without staying on the call screen. This bar allows users to mute or end calls directly.

This feature is mainly beneficial for users who multitask, as it enables them to handle calls while engaging in other activities within the app. The call bar’s design provides easy access to essential call functions.

The rollout of the new audio call bar feature is gradual, with more beta testers expected to receive access in the coming days. The full release of this feature to all users is scheduled for future updates. Through this new feature, WhatsApp aims to make audio call management more convenient and user-friendly.

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