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WhatsApp today introduced Screen Sharing as its latest feature to improve the video calling experience on its platform. competing with traditional video conferencing apps such as Microsoft Meet, Google Meet, Zoom and Apple’s FaceTime.
The announcement was made by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter, who stated that the messaging service now supports screen sharing in video calls, a feature that has been in development for a few months, which was released to beta testers in May.
WhatsApp’s screen sharing feature is a very useful addition to the platform that will allow users to share documents, photos, or whatever else may be on their screens, which is handy during online classes or meetings.
“Whether you’re sharing work documents, viewing photos with family, planning a vacation or shopping online with friends, or simply providing tech support to your grandparents, Screen Sharing lets you share a live view of your screen during a conversation,” WhatsApp said in a press release.
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You can access the screen sharing feature by tapping the share icon and choosing whether you want to share just a specific app or the entire screen. WhatsApp’s screen sharing feature works somewhat similar to the screen sharing features in Zoom and Google Meet. The screen sharing feature can help WhatsApp attract more business users as the feature is also handy for tech support. But since WhatsApp is rolling out the update gradually, we will have to wait and see how users react to the new features.
Do note that the feature is being rolled out in a phased manner. While some may already be seeing it on their WhatsApp, others may have to wait a bit longer.
The feature also supports landscape mode for video calls. This can be useful when sharing the screen from desktop platforms for a wider and more immersive viewing experience.
WhatsApp screen sharing also works with group calls. Thus, it can make WhatsApp more versatile in a professional environment. Users who previously used apps like Google Meet and Zoom for screen sharing can now use WhatsApp for the same purpose.