Meta-owned WhatsApp continues to introduce improvements and features to encrypted messaging platform. Now, the company is bringing changes to the WhatsApp UI by introducing a new calling button along with a context menu.
According to WABetaInfo, the new feature is available to select individuals running WhatsApp for iOS beta version 184.108.40.206 and it will be rolled out to more people in the coming weeks. However, there is no exact date for the global release of the feature and WhatsApp is known to scrap features completely before they make it to the stable release.
The update brings a new icon in the group chats, which is basically a new calling icon within the chat header, if the feature is enabled. WhatsApp users will be able to make group calls but the icon now shows a context menu that gives users two options – to make video or audio calls.
Previously, WhatsApp had an action sheet with these two options or two calling buttons to place video or audio calls. However, the latest update to WhatsApp has changed it into a context menu. “If a video call button along with a plus sign shown above the icon is available, it means the feature is enabled for your account.” WABetaInfo said in its update.
Recently, WhatsApp has also started rolling out its Companion Mode on iOS, which is going to allow users to link their accounts on up to four iPhones. However, the feature lacks when it comes to some features like messaging broadcast and status updates, which can only be accessed using the primary device.