WhatsApp updates: what is the “Room” feature

WhatsApp adds Room button to make video calls up to 50 people. Here's how the new tool works

Facebook recently released Rooms, the new platform that allows you to make group calls and video calls for up to 50 people, in some parts of the world. The app is available in Canada and the US for the moment, but in the coming weeks or days it will also arrive in Italy. Not even time to launch the platform, that immediately came an update in parallel for WhatsApp as well. In fact, Messenger Rooms will become an integral part of the messaging app and will allow users to make group video calls up to 50 people.

To give the news, as usual, are the guys at WaBetaInfo on their Twitter account. Since a few hours, in fact, is available the beta version of WhatsApp for Android (the number 2.20.163) in which there is a button to start a video call on Rooms starting directly from WhatsApp. In previous weeks it was rumored of the intention by the developers to add video calls up to 50 people on the messaging app and now they have arrived.

How to make video calls with 50 people on WhatsApp

Not even time to get used to the new limit that allows you to make video calls with up to 8 people, that the developers increase it again up to 50. But with a trick. On the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, the number 2.20.163 has been added the new function "Room", a button that allows direct access to the platform Messenger Rooms, launched a few days ago and that allows you to make group video calls up to 50 people, even without having a registered account.

Rooms is Facebook's answer to the various Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Skype Meet Now, platforms for video conferencing that in the last two months have experienced a significant increase in daily use. To quickly grow the new platform, Facebook has decided to integrate it on all of the company's apps and devices, from WhatsApp to Portal (the smart speaker).

On WhatsApp, a new button has been added that allows direct access to the platform. It is located within the menu dedicated to interactive functions: just press on the icon with the clip present at the bottom right and the classic screen with the tools will appear. I più attenti noteranno che c’è un nuovo bottone a forma di videocamera con sotto scritto “Room”. Si tratta appunto del “tasto magico” per accedere alla piattaforma.

Premendo sul bottone, appare un messaggio che spiega che cosa è Messenger Room e cliccando sulla voce “Continue in Messenger” si aprirà la piattaforma e si potrà far partire la videochiamata con un massimo di 50 partecipanti.

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Quando arriverà la nuova funzione di WhatsApp

La versione beta di WhatsApp Android con l’integrazione di Room è in rilascio in queste ore in alcune parti del Mondo, le stesse in cui è disponibile la piattaforma. Per il momento non è compresa l’Italia, ma Messenger Rooms dovrebbe essere disponibile nel Bel Paese nelle prossime settimane. So you won't have to wait long.