When Hike acquired Zip Phone, a US-based company which lets users make calls over Wi-Fi, it was evident that the Indian social messaging client is aiming to introduce the voice-calling feature. In just a week since the acquisition, images of the said feature have made their way to the web. The folks at FirstPost have obtained the screenshots of the voice calling feature.
The report adds that this feature will be optimized for 2G networks in India and utilize the least amount of data to ensure minimum bandwidth usage. The feature is expected to rollout soon. Zip Phone, acquired by Hike, lets users place calls over Wi-Fi. The app, which is available on both Android and iOS, automatically switches to VoIP call if it detects a Wi-Fi connection and if both parties have the app installed on their phones. On iOS, however, users are required to open the app manually to place a call from it.
WhatsApp announced last year that it will be adding the voice-calling feature to its app. The feature was expected to rollout few months ago but got delayed. Hike seems to be capitalizing on WhatsApp’s slow down. The voice-calling feature holds the potential to attract a lot of consumers, and if the company manages to introduce it before WhatsApp, it could help it dramatically add millions of new users to its existing 35-million user base.
In the last couple of months, we have seen a number of alleged images of WhatsApp’s voice calling feature in the works. Just recently, it was learned that the feature will have many advanced functionalities including call recording and its integration with Skype app.