Almost a month back BGR India exclusively gave a glimpse at WhatsApp’s voice calling feature. At the time of reporting the feature was rolled to select Android users on a beta testing basis. But the folks at Android Police report that the company start rolling out the feature to all the users.The feature is currently being rolled out to all Android users on an invitation basis. Users need to download and install the latest version of WhatsApp (2.11.561) from APK Mirror. After installation someone who already has the feature needs to call the new user (the feature won’t work if the call is not picked up) and post conversation the new feature will be activated automatically. The new interface will add a column to the left which will contain the WhatsApp call logs along with the usual chats and contacts columns.
While this is great news for Android users, iOS users continue waiting to get their hands on the feature. Recently, a call button was introduced on the iOS app, but it wasn’t the voice calling feature per se. Hitting the button only took users to the phone’s dialer. This button has however since been removed.
WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular instant messaging app in the world as it recently crossed 1 billion downloads on the Android platform, and has more than 700 million monthly active users worldwide.
Although the VoIP calling feature has been doing rounds in some of the other popular IM apps like LINE, Viber and Facebook Messenger among others, WhatsApp’s potential impact is likely to be far greater. This new feature will yet again make the network operators jittery as it threatens to take away a major chunk of revenue earned through voice calls.