WhatsApp android gets new beta update which integrates messenger rooms in it.
Facebook launched its own video conferencing tool ‘Messenger Rooms’ last month in a move to compete with Zoom and other video conferencing platforms. Based on a report by WABetaInfo, Facebook has integrated ‘Messenger Rooms’ in Whatsapp android’s latest Beta Update.
The need for an alternative to ‘Zoom App’ arose when security and privacy breaches in the app increased significantly. Hackers were able to hijack into several rooms and gather personal data, which came to light named ‘Zoom bombings’. Zoom promptly put forward a security update upgrading its encryption to ‘AES 256-bit GCM encryption which contemplated as the gold standard of encryption.
But, even with all the updates, people started to look out for an alternative to Zoom, and Facebook took this as an opportunity to expand itself in the Video Conferencing market. Facebook rolled out ‘Messenger Rooms’ in WhatsApp with its 2.20.163 beta update.
WhatsApp android gets new beta update which brings a new “Room” in its share menu inside the chat which directs the users to Messenger App to create a room to have a group video call of up to 50 people.
Once the user taps on ‘Room’ the app opens a new window with a message that reads “Create a room in Messenger and send a link to group video chat with anyone, even if they don’t have Whatsapp or Messenger”.
WABetaInfo also states that Messenger rooms integration is appearing only for a handful of people running the latest beta update in a limited number of countries.
Keeping in mind the existing database of WhatsApp. This move will supposedly lure more users from Zoom to Messenger Rooms as they can now start the group video call right from WhatsApp itself with up to 50 people and no time limit.
We can expect the feature to roll out in the Standard edition of WhatsApp soon.