We’ve been hearing about WhatsApp’s voice calling feature since Jan Koum mentioned it in February. The latest slip by WhatsApp confirms the feature’s entry into our smartphones rather soon. Also Read - 5 interesting upcoming WhatsApp features you must wait for
WhatsApp recently released an update for iPhone with a slew of new features like improved location sharing and chat archiving. First spotted by NDTV Gadgets, the new update also has a pop-up which asks for permission to use the microphone. The pop-up clearly reads, “WhatsApp requires microphone access to send Voice Messages, record Videos with sound, make and receive Voice Calls.” Stress on the word Voice Calls please. Also Read - Happy Dusshera 2021 messages, images, stickers, quotes: How to create, send Happy Vijayadashami greetings via WhatsApp
This little in-app slip by WhatsApp gives us convenient hope to assume that the company is indeed working on the voice calling feature and we will see it very soon on devices. The latest update by WhatsApp is only released for iPhone users and Android users are still to receive the update. Also Read - What is WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted backups, How to enable it?
The report also mentions that the pop-up only appears if users have not allowed WhatsApp access to the microphone. To see this, go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone > WhatsApp > flip the slider to Off. The pop-up will then appear, revealing the sly ‘Voice Call’ mention.
On August 25, Jan Koum had tweeted that WhatsApp has 600 million active users across the globe. Whenever, the voice calling feature decides to come in, it sure is going to give a lot of competition to network carriers all over.