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WhatsApp for iOS to reportedly gain video call support, Android to follow later


After adding voice calling support to WhatsApp earlier this year, rumors are rife that the Facebook owned messaging service could soon gain support for video calling as well. A recent report published in Germany states that iOS users would be the first to receive the feature, with Android users to follow later. Also Read - WhatsApp users on iPhone will soon able to Undo Status, suggests report

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The video calling feature on WhatsApp will work over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. On top of the video feed, there will be a small window with your image. Users will be able to move this preview window across the screen, and also switch between front-facing and rear-facing camera when on call. An option to mute the microphone will also be present. Also Read - How to book your next Uber ride via WhatsApp

A couple of screenshots have surfaced online and the WhatsApp for iOS with video calling feature carries a version number Considering the current version on App Store is 2.12.12, the next update may bring video calling capability to iOS users. In all likelihood, WhatsApp would release the feature by invitation just like it did with voice calling, before rolling it out to all users.

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Besides video calling, WhatsApp is also said to add support for multiple chat tabs. It would allow users to easily switch between individual chats without needing to go back to the chat list. Moreover, WhatsApp is also expected to get a makeover with green color in focus.

With video calling, WhatsApp will take on the likes of Skype, Apple’s FaceTime and Google’s Hangouts that are currently some of the most popular video calling apps. At last count, WhatsApp had over 900 million monthly active users globally.

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  • Published Date: December 23, 2015 12:37 PM IST

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