It’s about time… PingChat! has had the ability to form chat rooms for quite awhile now, rather like how the native BlackBerry users do, and it is finally being introduced in the extremely popular cross-platform messaging app, WhatsApp. Download version 2.6.1 and you’ll have the added functionality right away.
It’s probably still in the test phase, as we can seemingly only have a total of 6 people in a WhatsApp group, whereas I have never hit the limit in PingChat! – my largest group has 8 of us in it.
After installing the update, WhatsApp will run through an optimization process afterwhich you will have the ability to Group Chat from within the Chats tab.
You will be able to create a new chat room and add your friends. As mentioned, it only allows up to 5 participants in addition to yourself to be added to a group chat – a tad disappointing (come on, unleash your full potential, WhatsApp).
Here’s how an actual group chat looks like and what happens when you hit the new Info button at the top right of a group chat.