Over the past few days, WhatsApp has been on the news for its threat to block users if they do not accept new terms. Yesterday, WhatsApp released a new update (version 18.104.22.168) for its Android users. According to reports, beta testers should not download this update. From the changelog of this update, the “web releases include all bug fixes implemented in the previous beta versions, submitted to the Play Store”. The description adds “If you are a beta tester, you shouldn’t update to 22.214.171.124, because it’s a build reserved to everyone,”.
Non-beta testers are curious to know what the new update brings. If this is the case for you, visit the android page for more details. Since this is an update for everyone, it may not have all new features from previous betas. According to the company, this update will not be available on PlayStore. If you need this update, you can download it from the WhatsApp website.
WhatsApp desktop app now supports video and audio calls
Back in December, there were reports of WhatsApp desktop app supporting video and audio calls. At the time, we only had speculations and nothing was official. However, there are no more speculations as WhatsApp just officially confirmed the arrival of this feature. According to the company, it will bring end-to-end encrypted video and audio calls to its desktop app.
This update is already available for PCs and Macs. As of today, the update is already rolling out. According to the update description, this feature will support one-to-one calls for now. However, it will subsequently support group calls. According to WhatsApp, this feature is very necessary, especially in pandemic times. For WhatsApp, people are still confined to their homes, thus this feature gives users more communication options.
WhatsApp said in a blog post
“With so many people still apart from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways to working, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the tech you’re using,”
WhatsApp user interface before the update. Notice the absence of the video and audio call icons on the top right corner
Audio and video calls are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp won’t be able to hear or see them. The update will give users the ability to change the screen orientation between portrait and landscape, as well as the option to turn video on or off and mute their microphone. It’s a similar experience to what’s available on mobile devices.
WhatsApp users interface after the update. Notice the arrow showing video and audio call icons at the top right corner
All you need to do is to update the desktop app to the latest version and the video/audio calls icons will appear on the top right corner of the user interface