- The latest update of WhatsApp Web shows a preview of Facebook Messenger Rooms, enabling WhatsApp users to easily connect in private video conferences.
- Rivaling Zoom, Facebook Messenger Rooms allows up to 50 participants to host and join web conferences. Even users without Facebook accounts can attend.
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WhatsApp‘s web client received a new update, reaching version 2.2019.6. It hasn’t integrated Messenger Rooms just yet, but there’s a shortcut visible in the WhatsApp Web development edition.
WhatsApp Web adds Messenger Rooms shortcuts
WhatsApp Web 2.2019.6 shows a Messenger Rooms shortcut in the chat’s actions list (right side). Clicking it reveals a short message about Introducing Messenger Rooms.
Another shortcut to Messenger Rooms can be seen in the main menu (Create a room).
No functionality is added at this time, so the Messenger Rooms shortcuts are for preview only. Furthermore, Facebook hasn’t yet announced when the Messenger Rooms feature will be officially available for WhatsApp Web, Desktop, Android, and iOS.
Messenger Rooms shortcuts were seen in an Android beta update
Shortcuts to the Messenger Rooms feature were previously noticed in WhatsApp for Android 2.20.139 Beta. More specifically, a Room shortcut was visible in the chat/group share sheet.
Just like in the WhatsApp Web 2.2019.6 version, no functionality was added at the time. Tapping the Room button only revealed the Introducing Messenger Rooms message.
Another Messenger Room shortcut could be seen in the Calls tab, suggesting that WhatsApp Android users could create a Facebook Messenger Room as easily as selecting WhatsApp users to call.
What is Messenger Rooms?
Messenger Rooms is a web conferencing feature recently added to Facebook Messenger. Rivaling Zoom, the tool enables users to host and join video meetings with up to 50 participants.
Furthermore, Messenger Rooms will show video tiles of members, up to 16 on desktop and 8 on mobile. People without Facebook accounts will be able to join Messenger Rooms by clicking on invite links shared by Facebook users.
Other features include AR effects and 360 backgrounds. Messenger Rooms isn’t currently available to all Facebook users, but it should soon reach all countries.