WhatsApp is going to redesign its video call interface, making it much more similar to FaceTime. It will add features such as allowing us to join an already started call.
Since video calls have been available on WhatsApp, the Facebook team has been improving some details of them gradually. Soon in some countries, we will see a series of new improvements in these video calls that will allow us, among other things, to join a call already started.
The latest WhatsApp beta, according to WABetaInfo, shows a new completely renewed interface for calls. An interface that in addition to reminding FaceTime, includes aesthetic improvements such as more prominent buttons with a brighter color scheme.
Beta 188.8.131.52 shows that the UI for group calls and video calls has a new menu that shows more easily the call members as well as a button to call them back if they do not respond to the first notification.
Whatsapp video calls are improved
The end call button has been moved to the side, and the new interface shows at the top a new menu with a redistribution of the buttons, with actions to activate the camera, mute our microphone, activate the speakerphone, and so on. Overall, the interface is simplified to make it more accessible.
To the right of the name of users who have not yet joined the call, there will be a button called ‘Call’ to call those people back. Swiping up will now bring up a button to add participants, which will help with call management if we are using the phone one-handed. The idea is to make handling the interface using the new video calls easier.
However, the most interesting new feature of all those seen so far is the new menu to join a video call already started. In the ‘Calls’ section of WhatsApp, we will be able to see which users are currently in a call and by clicking on a button, we will be able to join it. Thus, we will not miss the video calls initiated by our friends and we will be able to join them in a tremendously simple way.
These new features have been added to the latest betas of WhatsApp, both iOS and Android. There is no specific date for the arrival of these interface changes to the stable versions, but the fact that they have appeared in the latest public betas indicates that they will reach WhatsApp stable in the coming weeks.