WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, is constantly improving and adding new features to its encrypted messaging platform. The business is now making modifications to the WhatsApp UI by adding a new calling button as well as a context menu.
According to WABetaInfo, the new feature is currently available to select users of WhatsApp for iOS beta version 126.96.36.199, and it will be made available to more people in the following weeks. However, there is no set date for the feature’s worldwide release, and WhatsApp is known to drop features entirely before they reach stable release.
If the feature is enabled, the update adds a new icon in group conversations, which is essentially a new calling icon within the chat header. WhatsApp users will be able to initiate group calls, but the icon will now display a context menu with two options: video or audio calls.
WhatsApp formerly included an action page with these two options or two calling buttons for making video or audio calls. However, the most recent WhatsApp upgrade transformed it into a context menu. “If you see a video call button with a plus sign above the icon, it means the feature is enabled for your account.” According to WABetaInfo’s latest version.
WhatsApp has also recently begun rolling out its Companion Mode for iOS, which will allow users to link their accounts on up to four iPhones. However, the feature comes lacking, such as message broadcasts and status updates, which can only be accessible from the primary device.