The rumours about the soon-to-be-launched video calling feature of WhatsApp kept on overwhelming the market since past couple of months and finally the most popular instant messaging app has turned up with the much-anticipated feature – Video Calling – for its users. WhatsApp’s video calling feature is something that can make its owner Facebook compete with the current platforms like Microsoft’s Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, and Google’s Duo.
Today, at an official event, WhatsApp starts rolling out the all-new and much-awaited feature for its over one billion users. The App will be compatible with all three popular platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows 10. The debut of new video calling feature follows a cluster of rumours from people, marketers, and social media analysts. WhatsApp since past couple of month has been testing the on the beta programming versions on Android and Windows Phone, which clearly indicated about the soon public debut.
The new feature will enable the WhatsApp users to chat through video calling. To draw on the new feature, WhatsApp users are advised to tap on the call button located in the top-right corner of the screen, which will bring up a prompt message asking if you want to make a voice call or video call. To onset the video call with the contact you want to have, simply tap on the “video call” option from the screen and enjoy a face-to-face chat over WhatsApp. Moreover, the new update also enables the users to switch between the forward-facing and rear camera during the call itself, alongside the options for call mute and hang up. Rison
Soon the users will get an update notification for upgrading their WhatsApp version with the current one, in order to enjoy video calling feature. While in some regions of India, the feature has already started rolling out, some cities will take some more time to get the feature.
Commenting on this matter, Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp Head of Business said, “since past few months, we have been working on this feature and finally, and now we are glad to introduce this ground-breaking feature across India. Like voice calls, video calls are also going to be more energetic. However, its effectiveness will firmly depend on the quality of the network.”
Taking the statement further, he added that, by simply choosing between a voice call and video call, users could go ahead. In addition, Mr Neeraj also said that, like text and voice chats, video calls could also be encrypted end-to-end which will ensure the users more safety and privacy.