07 December 2016
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has finally started rolling out its much-awaited video calling feature to users, across 180 countries globally. The new feature will allow users to make video calls, similar to Apple’s Facetime, Microsoft’s Skype and Google’s recently launched Duo app.
WhatsApp video calling will be fully encrypted similar to its messaging and voice calling features. Users will be able to see the video calling feature when they press the call button. The app will give users the choice between making a video or a voice call. WhatsApp has been deemed one of the most secure apps available currently and is being used to make over a 100 million voice calls daily by its users.
WhatsApp announced the launch of the video calling feature at an event in India, its biggest market and added that the feature has been optimized to work in areas where there is poor internet connectivity.
The company said in its announcement: “…we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks. We’re obsessed with making sure that voice and video work well even on low-end phones”.
WhatsApp’s video calling feature will be gradually rolled out to all WhatsApp users worldwide on iPhone, Android, and Windows phones. The company had rolled out the WhatsApp beta app with video calling for testing on some Android and Windows last month.