Facebook has been busy trying to get a piece of the Zoom video call cake with the launch of Messenger Rooms, a video conferencing tool with support for up to 50 participants. As promised, links to rooms are now appearing in WhatsApp.
As spotted by WABetaInfo, the beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and WhatsApp for iOS now include shortcuts to Messenger Rooms, so that users can jump directly from one application to another.
For now, however, the links only appear for certain users in certain countries. Even if you switch to the beta version of WhatsApp, you won’t necessarily see the new Messenger Rooms feature.
When Messenger Rooms first appeared, Facebook said it would be integrated with Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and the video caller portal, and it doesn’t seem to be wasting time when it comes to WhatsApp.
A messaging platform to rule them all
A few days ago, we saw the integration of Messenger Rooms arrive for WhatsApp on the Web, the bases are obviously in place for a full deployment. If the first tests go well, it should be available to all WhatsApp users before too long.
Messenger Rooms does everything you expect from a competent video calling app. Participants can join even without a Facebook account, and there is also very important support for virtual backgrounds.
With many of us staying at home more regularly, WhatsApp itself also benefits from improved video calling features – support for 8-way video conversations has just been added – while competitors like Google are putting upgrade their own video tools.
Last year, Facebook said it wanted to unify messaging across all of its apps – Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp – although we haven’t heard too much about it since. Expect many more crossovers between these apps in the coming months.
Via XDA developers