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WhatsApp groups can now have up to 256 members

WhatsApp has just bumped the user limit in chat groups on its platform to 256 members from 100 irrespective of the mobile platform - Android and iOS

By: HT CORRESPONDENT
| Updated on: Feb 05 2016, 09:08 IST
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WhatsApp has just bumped the user limit in chat groups on its platform to 256 members from 100 irrespective of the mobile platform - Android and iOS (WhatsApp)

WhatsApp has just bumped the user limit in chat groups on its platform to 256 members from 100 irrespective of the mobile platform - Android and iOS.

The popular messaging app, which just crossed a billion users globally, had initially raised the number to 100 from 50 in November 2014. Currently, over 70 million people use the popular instant messaging platform in the country.

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Since February 2014 when Facebook acquired WhatsApp, several changes have been made to the messaging app. In April 2015, the messaging app officially added voice calling, a long-teased feature that was previously available only by invitation. Users now call their contacts worldwide for free over a WiFi or 3G/4G connection.

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Also, the app might soon get a video calling feature and a multi-tab user interface. A German website named Macerkopf had revealed screenshots that shows an ongoing video call in WhatsApp on iOS. If the screen shots are real, WhatsApp's video calling interface is somewhat similar to its voice-calling one. Users would be able to mute calls and also switch between the front and back cameras.

The app has also waived off the 99 cents yearly subscription charge but founder Jan Koum has however said that the company will be experimenting with different revenue models.

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First Published Date: 05 Feb, 09:05 IST
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