Latest WhatsApp update: WhatsApp boosts video calls with screen sharing and 32-participant limit

Meta launches Meta Low Bitrate (Mlow) codec on WhatsApp to enhance call reliability
An undated image of WhatsApp. — Getty Images
An undated image of WhatsApp. — Getty Images

Meta-owned messaging app WhatsApp has upgraded its video calling experience by introducing screen sharing with audio support and a new speaker highlight feature. 

Additionally, WhatsApp is set to increase the limit for video call participants to up to 32 people, aligning with the screen-sharing support previously unveiled.

These enhancements bring WhatsApp's video calling capabilities in line with Apple’s FaceTime, which also allows up to 32 participants on a call. In comparison, Google Meet and Zoom enable up to 100 participants on their basic tier. The new speaker highlight feature automatically spotlights the person speaking, making them prominent on the screen during a video call.

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Furthermore, Meta has introduced the Meta Low Bitrate (MLow) codec on WhatsApp to enhance call reliability, even with poor network connectivity or older devices.

This codec improves upon the open-source Opus codec, offering twice the audio quality while maintaining 10% lower complexity. Previously implemented in Instagram and Messenger calls, MLow will soon be available on WhatsApp, further enhancing the calling experience across Meta platforms.