As the popularity of video conferencing platforms is growing, so is the competition. The huge rise in Zoom’s user base has made tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Facebook take notice and work on enhancing their offerings.
In a similar move, Facebook recently launched Messenger Room, an private video conferencing platform that supports up to 50 participants. During its unveiling, the company just said that it will be rolled out in the coming weeks and will be integrated with other Facebook-owned apps — including WhatsApp and Instagram.
Now, a shortcut for Messenger Rooms has been spotted on the WhatsApp Web version 2.2019.6 by WABetaInfo. So far, WhatsApp Web does not support video calling. To make video calls via WhatsApp Web, users require third-party tools. And these may not always be safe. With the addition of Messenger Rooms, Facebook seems to be solving this problem of WhatsApp Web users as it will allow them to make/join video calls on a bigger screen. .
As per the report in WABetaInfo, the shortcut will appear under the Attach button along with other options. Once the user selects the Messenger Rooms Shortcut, WhatsApp will show an introduction of the feature which reads, “Create a room in Messenger and send a link to group video chat with anyone, even if they don’t have WhatsApp or Messenger.”
This means that even the users who do not have a Facebook ID or WhatsApp account too can be part of the video chat if they receive the invite link.
In another addition, WhatsApp recently doubled the number of participants in a video chat recently. As many as 8 people can video chat simultaneously on WhatsApp now.
As per latest data from Sensor Tower, India was the biggest market in terms of app downloads for Zoom in the month of April. This despite numerous security concerns and government advisory. It was also the most downloaded non-game app worldwide for April 2020 with close to 131 million installs, a 60x growth from April 2019, according to Sensor Tower.