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WhatsApp gets new group and video calling features

Popular chat platform WhatsApp is working on new features for groups and video calls on its mobile apps.

Reputable post focused on WhatsApp WABetaInfo Recovered a silent group exit feature in iOS WhatsApp beta

The site had previously discovered the same feature being developed in WhatsApp Android beta

As it stands, WhatsApp displays a notification in the group whenever a participant leaves, notifying other members of the user’s decision.

With the silent exit feature, only group admins will be notified when a specific user leaves the group.

This will be especially useful for participants who wish to avoid the potential fallout of leaving a group under unpleasant circumstances.

The screenshot below shows a preview of the notification users will receive before leaving a group, indicating that only group admins will be notified of their decision.

Another remarkable feature currently in development is the ability for users to replace their face in video calls with a customizable avatar.

The new option would be available at the press of a button in the video call window, allowing users to switch to an avatar-based video call.

WABetaInfo said it couldn’t preview the feature because it was still under development.

The publication reported that, similar to Snapchat, users will get a dedicated avatar editor section in the app.

From there, they can set up and customize an “avatarized” version of themselves, which will be used in the video call and can be incorporated into stickers for WhatsApp messaging.

The Silent Exit and Call Avatar features are still under development and will likely be enabled in beta versions first before rolling out to official apps.

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