WhatsApp fans have been teased about the imminent arrival of a new feature that could become vital for users of the chat app. With so many people having to stay at home due to lockdown measures enforced around the world, the ability to communicate digitally has never been more important. As the pandemic hit, services such as Zoom and Houseparty saw a huge uptick in users, thanks to a massive spike in video meetups for work and social purposes.
These existing services – which seemed purpose-built for these times – took advantage of gaps in the market to vastly increase their userbase, but rivals are catching up.
Google recently rolled out a new Chrome extension which offers integration to their Meet video communication service.
After trawling through code WABeta unearthed evidence that WhatsApp would be getting Messenger Rooms integration for the iOS and Android apps.
This integration is also coming to Instagram, and means users of these services can jump into a Messenger Rooms call without having to download or sign into another app.
When this upcoming WhatsApp feature was discovered by WABeta, it was unclear when it would be getting released.
But now things are moving at a fast pace, with Facebook on Thursday May 14 confirming the surprise release of their Zoom rival.
And not long after that it emerged a new WhatsApp beta download for Android, which includes Messenger Room integration, has been rolled out.
This patch release was confirmed by the WABetaInfo Twitter, who on Friday May 15 posted: “WhatsApp is rolling out Messenger Rooms shortcuts for Android beta users!