WhatsApp will roll out new features from group calls to allow users to mute or message specific people on a call, media outlets reported on Friday.
The new features will be available on the messaging app for Android and iOS, according to WABetaInfo.
It noted: “Some new features for group calls on @WhatsApp: You can now mute or message specific people on a call (great if someone forgets to mute themselves!), and we’ve added a helpful indicator so you can more easily see when more people join large calls.”
One of the features is an indicator placed at the bottom of the group call. It informs all participants that someone joined the group call. These features will be available to the users who have installed the latest version of the app.
“You can quickly message or mute any participant on a group call. In particular, the option to mute certain people on a call is very helpful when someone forgets to mute themselves. Note that the option to mute is not limited to the person that placed the call: anyone can mute,” wrote WABetaInfo.
Last May, WhatsApp revealed that it is testing new features borrowed from Instagram like the “Status” feature, which was launched in 2017, and has not been very popular among users.
WhatsApp plans to make “Status” more popular among users, like Instagram Stories, according to a report issued by WABetaInfo. The app will circle the image of each person in the list of conversations, through which you can click on the image and see the post.
Currently, users can only see their friends’ “Status” by entering the “States” menu, which is completely different from the list of conversations.