WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging platform owned by Meta, has once again upped its video-calling game by introducing a groundbreaking screen sharing feature. This latest addition, announced by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is set to transform the way users interact during video calls and poses a direct challenge to established video conferencing apps like Microsoft Meet, Google Meet, Zoom, and Apple’s FaceTime.
Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the feature in a Facebook post and Instagram update, highlighting how screen sharing on WhatsApp will revolutionize the video-calling experience. This new capability enables users to share not only their faces but also documents, photos, and even their virtual shopping carts with fellow participants during video calls.
Initially rolled out to select beta testers on Android in late May, WhatsApp’s screen sharing can be initiated through a simple tap or click on the “Share” icon. Users are given the option to share a specific application or their entire screen, akin to how screen sharing functions on established video-conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet.
A spokesperson from WhatsApp informed us that the screen-sharing feature is being gradually deployed across Android, iOS, and Windows Desktop platforms. While the feature may not be immediately available to all users, it’s expected to become accessible to a wider audience in the coming days.
In tandem with screen sharing, WhatsApp has also introduced video-calling support in Landscape mode, a move aimed at providing a broader and more immersive viewing experience compared to the conventional Portrait mode. The introduction of Landscape mode is particularly significant as it complements the screen-sharing feature, enhancing the overall visual experience.
Although video calling has been an integral part of WhatsApp for more than six years, dating back to its launch in November 2016, the platform continues to evolve to meet users’ changing preferences and needs. Recent enhancements include picture-in-picture support for iOS video calls and the ability to share short video messages in chats. Given the pivotal role video communication plays in modern interactions, WhatsApp’s continual improvements underscore its commitment to remaining at the forefront of the instant messaging and video-calling landscape.
This functionality is not limited to specific operating systems; WhatsApp has taken it a step further by enabling screen sharing across Android, iOS, and desktop platforms. As users increasingly seek more interactive and engaging virtual interactions, WhatsApp’s screen sharing is poised to redefine the video-calling experience.