WhatsApp is working on new voice calls aimed specifically at groups. An audio chat option is apparently planned here, as it already exists on Discord and Twitter. However, the existing group calls will not be replaced.
WhatsApp: New audio chat option appeared
In the beta version 22.214.171.124 of WhatsApp for Android is a new interface for audio calls been discovered, but has not yet been activated. To all appearances, this is an early test that is not yet fully developed. Nothing is officially known about how the audio chats work, but the format already indicates that a well-known feature from other platforms is being adopted here.
WhatsApp audio chats could be similar to what Discord voice chats, Slack Huddles, and Twitter Spaces do. But that hasn’t been confirmed yet. If it is a comparable implementation, then allows users to join group conversations with friends and colleagues and leave them quickly if necessary. However, nothing should change in the existing group calls.
In the WhatsApp for Android beta, the usual call button is in the top app menu for conversations replaced with a waveform logo been. When users tap on this, another menu opens where they can choose between an audio chat and a group call. So far, however, not much more can be seen (source: WABetaInfo).
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WhatsApp: When is the new audio chat coming?
It is currently still unclear when exactly WhatsApp will unlock the function for all users. As this is an early test, it might be a while before audio chat is available everywhere. So far, the function has only appeared in the Android version of the app, not in the iOS version for iPhones.
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