The ability to share a link to video calls is available in specialized services like Zoom or Google Meet. But for messengers, this is almost an exclusive tool. WhatsApp developers were one of the first to try something similar. Now conference organizers can share a link to calls with colleagues, friends and relatives, and they, in turn, can join conversations with a single click.
Creating and copying a link is also easy. To do this, go to the “Calls” tab. A new button will appear at the top called Create a call link. By clicking on it, you can quickly throw a message into group chats or the needed contacts. In correspondence, the link looks familiar to those who have used a similar function in other services. The header indicates that we are talking about a video call, then there is a text offering to connect to the conversation, and at the bottom is the Join call button itself, says SRSLY.
According to Techcrunch, the new feature will be available to all WhatsApp users within a week. The main thing is to update the application in time. Another important nuance is that the link expires after 90 days if you do not follow it. And if you share the link with someone who doesn’t use WhatsApp, it will redirect the potential contact to the app’s download page.
Along with this feature, WhatsApp announced another update. The company has begun testing encrypted video calls that can be joined by up to 32 people. For the first time, this was discussed back in April, but now this opportunity will appear for a limited circle of users. In the future, it will expand to all WhatsApp account holders.
Among other new tools in the messenger is the ability to create personalized avatars. Rumors about this feature went back in the summer, notes NIXSolutions. But then they wrote about the use of avatars during video calls. Now, in the beta version of WhatsApp, they found the ability to create stickers based on avatars. Visually, digital portraits are reminiscent of Apple’s long-familiar Memoji and Snapchat’s Bitmoji. The pictures show cartoon copies of the owners, depicting different emotions and actions. Soon, users will be able to send digital themselves to interlocutors. It’s just when this will become possible is a mystery – the new feature is still in development, and the release date is unknown.