The most widely-used messaging and calling app, WhatsApp is reportedly going to launch some interesting new features. WhatsApp news platform WaBetaInfo revealed that the app is developing a new version with a feature for scheduled calls like Zoom and Google Meet.
The new version will also transcribe English voice notes.
These new features are available in version 184.108.40.206 WhatsApp beta for Android.
WaBetaInfo attached a WhatsApp screenshot along with its report published earlier this month.
The screenshot reveals that there is a ‘schedule call’ option and a ‘call button’. Once a user clicks on the ‘schedule call’ option, three more options ‘title’, ‘select date’, and ‘time’ open up. Users can enter details to schedule the call.
Once all the details are entered, users need to press ‘create’ to fix the appointment. Users will be alerted about the call on both sides. Also, calls can be joined midway.
Till now, this feature was available only in Zoom and Google Meet. Overall, scheduling calls on apps can help people be more organized, productive, and efficient in their communication and collaboration with others.
By scheduling calls, people can better plan their day and ensure they have enough time to prepare for and participate in the call. This can help prevent scheduling conflicts and ensure that important meetings are not missed.
If WhatsApp passes the beta test, people can set aside dedicated time for specific tasks and projects. This can help increase productivity by reducing distractions and allowing people to focus on the task at hand.
The primary advantage of scheduling calls can be more convenient for participants who are in different time zones or have busy schedules. By scheduling the call in advance, participants can plan accordingly and avoid scheduling conflicts.
Zoom currently provides video and audio calls for up to 100 participants (up to 1,000 participants with paid plans), screen sharing and virtual background options, and recording and transcription capabilities.
Zoom also provides breakout rooms for smaller group discussions and polling and Q&A features which even Google Meet does not have.
Overall, the choice of which platform to use will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the user. WhatsApp may be more suitable for smaller group discussions, while Zoom and Google Meet may be better for larger meetings and webinars.
Additionally, the features offered by each platform may differ depending on whether the user has a free or paid account.