A year after announcing the plan to add voice calling functionality to its instant messaging client, WhatsApp has begun to beta test the said feature. Late last night, after alleged images of the voice calling feature surfaced on Reddit, the company confirmed to BGR India that it is rolling out the feature to select users for testing purposes. A video has now surfaced giving us the first look at how this feature will work on the service.
Pradnesh Patil, the same person who had posted the images on Reddit, has now uploaded a video to showcase how the feature works. The video shows off a new pane, placed adjacent to the usual text messaging screen for calling options. Additionally, it also confirms that the user on the other end needs to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on their Android smartphone.
Last February, WhatsApp CEO announced that the company is working on a voice-calling feature for its instant messenger. Later in the year, it noted that it was working to make the voice calling feature work seamlessly on slow networks and had started testing.