WhatsApp, the popular messaging platform, is reportedly working on a new feature that allows users to share their smartphone's screen with others during a video call. The addition of this feature is part of WhatsApp's ongoing efforts to introduce innovative functionalities to its platform.
According to a report from WABetaInfo, the screen sharing feature is currently being tested and is available to users who have installed the latest beta version (18.104.22.168) of WhatsApp on their Android smartphones. This feature aims to simplify the process of showcasing content from a user's phone during a video call, enabling them to share information or seek assistance from others.
During a video call, a new icon appears at the bottom of the screen, signaling the availability of screen sharing. Clicking on the icon triggers a pop-up menu that requests permission to display the phone's screen and notifies users that all content on the screen will be visible to participants in the video call. Users retain full control over the screen sharing functionality and can stop sharing by clicking the designated "Stop Sharing" button at any time during the call.
This new feature bears resemblance to Google Meet's Live Sharing, which was introduced a couple of years ago, and Apple's SharePlay, available on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices. WhatsApp's screen-sharing capability holds significant potential, particularly for users who may require assistance or guidance while using their phones, such as the elderly or children.
As WhatsApp continues to expand its feature set, users can anticipate a more interactive and seamless experience during video calls, enhancing communication and collaboration possibilities on the platform.