In another upgradation, Meta’s chat platform WhatsApp has reportedly introduced a new feature that enables screen sharing during video calls. The feature is currently being tested by beta users who have installed the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update from the Google Play Store.
According to a report from WaBetaInfo, users with the new screen sharing version of the app could share their screens in real-time during video calls. By giving permission, users can start screen sharing, allowing recipients to view and interact with the content displayed on their screen. This functionality is similar to what is seen in Microsoft Teams or Zoom calls.
It was also reported that the users will have complete control over the screen sharing process. The users can easily stop sharing their screen content at any point during the call, ensuring privacy & control over the shared information.
However it is cited that there are a few limitations of this newly beta launched feature. Screen sharing may not be available on older versions of Android, and it may not function well in large group calls. Additionally, recipients using older versions of WhatsApp may encounter difficulties in viewing the shared screen content. In order to completely exploit this feature, users would need to update their devices and ensure they have the latest version of the app.
In addition to the screen sharing feature, WhatsApp has made some subtle changes to the layout of the bottom navigation bar for select users who have installed the beta update. The tabs within the navigation bar, including Chats, Calls, Communities, and Status, have been reconfigured in a new arrangement.
The screen sharing feature and the updated bottom navigation bar are currently in the testing phase with beta users. WhatsApp plans to make them available to more users in the coming weeks.