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Is Facebook’s Whatsapp the new Zoom?

As the popularity of video conferencing platforms is increasing, so is that the competition. the large rise in Zoom’s user base has made tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook 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 corporate just said that it’ll be unrolled within the coming weeks and can 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 doesn’t support video calling. To form video calls via WhatsApp Web, users require third-party tools. And these might not always be safe. With the addition of Messenger Rooms, Facebook seems to be solving this problem of WhatsApp Web users because it will allow them to make/join video calls on a much bigger screen.

As per the report in WABetaInfo, the shortcut will appear under the Attach button alongside other options. Once the user selects the Messenger Rooms Shortcut, WhatsApp will show an introduction of the feature which reads, “Create an area in Messenger and send a link to group video chat with anyone, albeit they don’t have WhatsApp or Messenger.”

This means that even the users who don’t have a Facebook ID or WhatsApp account can also be a part of the video chat if they receive the invite link.

In another addition, WhatsApp recently doubled the number of participants during a video chat recently. As many as 8 people can video chat simultaneously on WhatsApp now.

As per the latest data from Sensor Tower, India was the most important market in terms of app downloads to concentrate the month of April. This despite numerous security concerns and government advisory. it had been also the foremost downloaded non-game app worldwide for April 2020 with on the brink of 131 million installs, a 60x growth from April 2019, consistent with Sensor Tower.

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