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WhatsApp to Introduce a Feature Similar to Discord's Group Voice Chats: Know How it Works

WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging software, receives a new feature akin to Discord's voice channel. The planned 'phone conversations' function differs from the existing phone call or voice notes and allows group users to engage in audio talks

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WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging software, receives a new feature akin to Discord's voice channel. The planned 'phone conversations' function differs from the existing phone call or voice notes and allows group users to engage in audio talks. WhatsApp's latest beta version includes a new voice chat feature enabling groups of up to 32 individuals to engage in spoken conversations. The function is activated in group conversations by touching a waveform icon and is end-to-end encrypted by default, protecting user security.

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According to WABetaInfo, the functionality is presently accessible to a few WhatsApp beta users using Android 2.23.16.19.

WhatsApp to launch the functionality officially

Voice chats are similar to group calls in that they transmit a silent notification rather than calling everyone in the group. While the beta version limited the number of participants to 32, this figure may change once WhatsApp officially launches the functionality.

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This is not the same as group voice calls or audio messaging. Users can join and leave, like Twitter Spaces and Discord voice channels. When someone starts a voice chat, the group symbol in the chat list changes to a waveform icon and displays a 'Connect' button, which, when clicked, allows you to join the real-time discussion via a specialised interface.

While voice conversations will stay open for an hour after everyone has left, group members can initiate one at a time. Unlike 'group calls,' voice chats will not require users to add others actively. Like everything else on WhatsApp, voice conversations will be end-to-end encrypted but will not appear as a fullscreen call-style notice.

Voice conversations may not be accessible for groups with fewer than 32 users, according to WABetaInfo. However, WhatsApp may adjust the minimum participant limit in the future. Furthermore, the function appears to be available to beta participants. Still, because WhatsApp is broadly spreading out the feature, users on the stable channel may be able to utilise it in the coming days.

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WhatsApp has been testing several new features recently, including the ability to log in through email, send video messages, and move chats between phones more quickly without relying on Google Drive.

FAQ's

Is WhatsApp identical to Discord?

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Although Discord and WhatsApp provide comparable communication functions, they target distinct user groups. Discord gained popularity mostly among the online gaming community. Discord allowed players to stream games and play together while communicating in groups or direct chats.

What distinguishes Discord from other apps?

Discord is a real-time text, video, and audio chat application. Unlike other social networks, Discord is organised into servers, which are made up of numerous smaller groups.

What distinguishes Discord from WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is primarily a messaging app. It allows you to send messages to persons on your contact list. Discord, on the other hand, is a full-fledged community platform. You may join or create "Servers" on Discord, which are massive groups with several communication channels.

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