One of the most popular chat messaging service WhatsApp is going to add a feature of voice call in its android app. Jan Kuom, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO announced that the company is planning to launch voice calling feature in mid-February.
Jan Koum, says, “WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We’re excited and honored to provide calling facilities to the users”.
Few screenshots were leaked on the internet showing voice call feature in WhatsApp’s android app. However, there are no signs of any official visuals.
The leaked images are published on ‘andoidworld.nl’, leads to rumors which suggest that the build is currently in testing phase and soon will be officially announced by the company.
The screenshots show screens dialing a voice call to WhatsApp contact, call logs, ongoing calls and unveils few more features like call recording and playback. However, the company hasn’t verified the authenticity of the leaks.
Previously, in September voice call feature was spotted in WhatsApp’s iOS app in the update released on September 8. The company also added new features including fast location access and improved camera access. This voice calling feature boasting app throws a message to user, “WhatsApp requires microphone access to send Voice Messages, record Videos with sound, make and receive Voice Calls.”
Earlier, the developers said that voice calling will be rolled out for WhatsApp sometime in earlier 2015. However, it is yet to reveal whether it will be accessible for free or not.
At the Facebook acquisition of the company, it was promised that it intends to keep the popular app ad-free for the time being, but there’s no confirmation when that decision could change.
“WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” says Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.