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WhatsApp starts broadcasting video and voice calls to web and desktop users

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WhatsApp’s voice and video functionality for desktop and web users will soon be available to everyone. According to a recent screenshot shared by popular tipster Mukul Sharma, WhatsApp seems to have offered the feature to a few users already.

WhatsApp unveiled plans to add video and voice calling to its web and desktop users in October 2020. Since then, the feature has been one of the most anticipated. Beta testers have already received the feature, and it looks like some non-beta testers have started receiving the layout as well.

In the screenshot shared by tipster Mukul Sharma, an icon for video and voice calls can be seen next to the search icon at the top of the chat window. The screenshot appears to be from the browser version and not the WhatsApp web app.

Since the number of people sending voice notes and the preference for video calls have increased, this is a must-have version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp brings a new interface for WhatsApp voice group calls

Meanwhile, WhatsApp has also started rolling out a new interface for voice calls. The new interface was spotted on the Android beta app. Many beta testers have already received the update, and it looks like more testers will start receiving the feature.

According to WABetaInfo, the version for Android 2.22.5.4., WhatApp revamps the interface for voice calls, especially for voice group call. A shared screenshot shows the new interface for bringing voice waveforms to all participants during the call. The feature is not yet seen for iOS beta testers and could be expected soon.

WABetaInfo has also spotted the ability to use a wallpaper for voice calls, but it’s not yet customized. The site hints at the availability of the feature for more testers in the coming week.

We also saw the global rollout of the voice note reader last week for WhatsApp Desktop beta users. The feature will allow users to listen to voice notes when switching to another chat. When you switch to another chat, the note continues to play with a new audio bar that appears at the bottom of your chat list. The audio bar helps the user to control the voice note using the play button, and the progress bar is displayed when the voice notes end.

Overall, it’s interesting to see that WhatsApp is releasing its voice features, and the real expectation is to get them for all users.