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WhatsApp voice calling feature demoed on video

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 voic

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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.

The user noted on Reddit earlier this week that users are required to download the latest version — v2.11.508 — from the company’s website (as it isn’t available on the Play Store yet). Users are then required to get a call from a person who has the voice-calling feature enabled on their device. “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.

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.

  • Published Date: February 1, 2015 7:37 PM IST
  • Updated Date: February 2, 2015 10:48 AM IST