WhatsApp is rolling out a new voice chat feature in groups that lets users start voice calls without disturbing everyone in the group.
Previously in WhatsApp group chats, the only option was to start a voice call, which rings every member in the group. If no one joins, the call doesn't go ahead.
In contrast, voice chats can be initiated in a group without anyone joining, and users are prompted to join discreetly via a silent push notification. The feature is available for those WhatsApp groups with 33 to 128 members.
Group members not participating in the voice chat can see who is active in the call from the chat header and the Calls tab, and people can join or leave at any time. If the encrypted chat remains empty for 60 minutes, it automatically ends.
As noted by WABetaInfo, the feature is now appearing for users on iOS and Android who have installed the latest WhatsApp update from the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.
News Source: MacRumors.com