Facebook adds Messenger Rooms to WhatsApp in the latest beta

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Just last week Facebook started rolling out its Messenger Rooms group call service to users of the eponymous chat app. Now, the company’s looking to add it to WhatsApp too.

According to feature sleuth WABetaInfo, the latest WhatsApp beta gives users the ability to launch a Rooms meet-up without leaving the app.

While the feature’s currently only available in beta in a certain number of countries, there are already signs that it’ll be added as a permanent feature.

Tapping the attachment icon within chats, “Rooms” now replaces the camera icon. Additionally, “Rooms” is now also visible in the calls menu on WhatsApp.

Oddly, Messenger Rooms’ integration now gives WhatsApp users two video calling options. It may also shed light on the future of WhatsApp’s video calling prospects too.

WhatsApp recently received a video and voice calling buff, increasing the maximum number of participants to eight. While Messenger Rooms allows up to 50, it’s likely that the WhatsApp call limit won’t be increased much further.

Nevertheless, as we mentioned, it’s in beta for now, so you probably won’t see Messenger Rooms in your WhatsApp for quite some time.

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