WhatsApp has stepped up by introducing a screen-sharing feature designed to elevate the video-calling experience on its platform. Read more.
Screen sharing feature move competes with established video conferencing tools like Microsoft Meet, Google Meet, Zoom, and Apple’s FaceTime. Also, read about instant video messages.
The announcement of this latest feature came directly from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who took to Facebook and Instagram to unveil the exciting addition. With screen sharing, WhatsApp users can seamlessly share various video-call content, including documents, photos, and online shopping selections.
This innovation was initially rolled out to select beta testers on Android in late May. Accessing screen sharing is as simple as tapping or clicking the “Share” icon, giving users a choice between sharing a specific app or their entire screen. This functionality closely mirrors the screen-sharing capabilities of popular video conferencing platforms like Google Meet and Zoom.
WhatsApp has shared that the deployment of this feature will be gradual, reaching users across Android, iOS, and Windows Desktop in phases. As a result, some users may not immediately have access, but the rollout will extend over time.
In conjunction with the screen-sharing launch, WhatsApp has also introduced support for video calls in Landscape mode, offering a more immersive viewing experience than the existing Portrait mode. This enhancement can be particularly beneficial when using the newly introduced screen-sharing functionality.
While video calling has been a part of WhatsApp for over six years, the platform continuously evolves to keep pace with competitors.
Recent updates include the addition of picture-in-picture support for video calls on iOS and the ability to share short video messages in chats. This underscores the importance of video as a crucial means of communication for many users.