What you need to know
- WhatsApp is testing a new TestFlight build that makes changes to how calls work on iPhone.
- Users can now join group calls after they started and more.
WhatsApp is testing some new changes to the way calls work on iPhone, with a new TestFlight build already in the hands of those who are lucky enough to be part of the limited beta group.
Top of the list of improvements is the ability to join in-progress group calls, as the folks at WABetaInfo note.
When can you join group calls? If you temporarily ignore to participate in a group call, and you open WhatsApp again after some time, if the group call is still ongoing, WhatsApp might present you an alert if you want to quickly join the call, without asking other participants to add you again. When there is a call you can join, you can find a "Tap to join" banner in the Calls tab and a "Join call" button in the group chat where the call is started.
Another improvement is a new call interface that resembles that of FaceTime. There's even a new Ring button that will immediately call the other person for you.
All of this is now part of the latest beta for WhatsApp on iPhone. There's obviously no news of when any of this will make it into the version of WhatsApp that's in the App Store, but we can only hope that we won't be left waiting for too long!
WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone apps available for those who want to be able to send and receive instant messages with people on Android. It's also a great option for voice and video calls, too.