Group calls and chats are heavily utilised in social circles with many of the front-running options having capability of supporting significant numbers of participants such as Facebook Messenger which has up to 50 participants. Whatsapp supports group calling for up to 4 participants (no increase from previous) but getting all 4 in has been quite clumsy until now.

One of the great things about these messaging apps is the end-to-end encryption protecting your privacy (in theory at least given it’s owned by Facebook and until the AA bill comes into effect). That aside, the latest update has a call icon allowing you to add multiple members to a call prior to starting it where previously you’d have to start a call and add participants one by one.

Particularly with Video calls, users will find that a low speed or high latency connection will seriously degrade the experience — so make sure you’re on a decent connection with plenty of bandwidth to spare before starting up any calls.

What’s your messaging weapon of choice?