Almost after a year of announcing the plan to add voice-calling feature to its instant messaging client, WhatsApp seems to be finally putting wheels in motion. Alleged images of the said feature surfaced on Reddit last night. WhatsApp confirmed to BGR India that it is indeed beta testing the voice calling feature and would launch it soon.
A Reddit user pradnesh07 posted the alleged images of the voice-calling feature. The user notes that he grabbed the latest version of WhatsApp for Android from the company’s official website.
But the upgraded version of the app — v2.11.508 — alone won’t enable this feature on the handset, he adds. According to him, a person who has got this feature working needs to call another person to perhaps tag team it further. “Its like an invite thing, where a person with the call feature needs to “call” another person who wants to start using the feature,” he noted.
The user is using a Nexus 5 handset running on latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop software. From the images, the calling feature adds individual calls, chats, and contact tabs at the top of WhatsApp’s interface.
Last February, WhatsApp CEO announced that the company is working on a voice-calling feature for its instant messenger. Later in 2014, the company noted that it was working to make the voice calling feature work seamlessly on slow networks.
The timing of the release is interesting too. Last month, an Indian messaging client Hike rolled out the same feature on its instant messaging client. Other than Hike, Facebook’s Messenger and Google’s Hangouts and a few other instant messaging services also offer voice calling feature.