With over 450 million monthly active users, WhatsApp remains one of the most popular platforms for instant messaging. While it is arguably one of the most convenient platforms for messaging, it lacks certain features found in rivals such as group video calling ability. At Facebook’s F8 developer conference, WhatsApp director Mubarik Imam announced that the platform will receive group video calling feature along with stickers.
WhatsApp group video calling will reportedly allow four users to chat simultaneously, Imam added. She noted that WhatsApp users already clocked over 2 billion minutes of video and audio calls, indicating the popularity of the feature. With the feature, WhatsApp joins the ranks of Facebook Messenger, Skype which already have the functionality, and has been one of the most widely anticipated features.
WhatsApp stickers is a fun way for users to communicate with each other, and will also allow third-party developers a chance to develop custom stickers for its large fan base. “Voice and video calling are very popular on WhatsApp, and we’re excited to share that group calling will be coming in the months ahead. Stickers are also coming to WhatsApp soon,” Facebook posted.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum has confirmed his exit from the company and is suspected to also step down from Facebook’s board of directors. In an emotional Facebook post, Koum announced his exit saying, “it is time for me to move on.” While Koum hasn’t been very clear why he is leaving WhatsApp but reports suggest that he took the decision after clashes over data and other sensitive points with the parent company, Facebook.