INTRO: Facebook is not pulling any punches and is gearing up to snatch a chunk of the video conferencing market from rivals like Zoom and Google Meet. The company has already brought out the application Messenger Rooms to everyone across the globe this week. Now, in line with rumors, the fb Rooms integration in WhatsApp has started to go live for some users
Messenger Rooms Integration with Whatsapp Beta Users
It was very first noticed by a reliable tipster WABetaInfo, and it informed that the Messenger Rooms integration today went live for WhatsApp Android beta users running with the latest build #2.20.163. The feature seems to be bringing out in phases but it should be available for all beta users in the next few hours.
The launch began with the U.S., but with the selected number of users from Ghana and India are also seeing the some dedicated ‘ Rooms’ button. We are running the latest beta update but the integration hasn’t gone live for me just yet.
Will Be Accessible From Two Options
The screenshot which is attached above is from a user in Ghana. You can see that ‘Messenger Rooms’ will be accessible from two locations inside the WhatsApp. Either you can tap the ‘Attachments’ icon to see that the camera icon has been replaced with the ‘Messenger Rooms’ icon. Or you can go for the ‘Calls’ tab now also includes the same icon, along with the ‘Start Call’ option.
It Can Add Upto 50 Participants
To start a Messenger Rooms call, which supports up to 50 participants in a single time, you’ll need to have the Facebook Messenger app on your phone. WhatsApp will further brief you about the feature and then show a ‘Continue in Messenger’ button to create the room. Once the room is created, you can then share the link in your WhatsApp Group to start a video conferencing call.
Messenger Rooms Will Not Be End to End Encrypted
One thing that may catch your eye in the screenshot above is that Messenger Rooms calls aren’t end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp – now supports up to 8 participants. However, it’s interesting to see Facebook make video conferencing accessible to its massive userbase through WhatsApp – that too for free. The integration is currently accessible only to Android beta users but should make its way to iOS beta users in the next few days.