03 November 2020
WhatsApp web may soon let you make or receive video and voice calls as well. This is apparent from the screenshots shared by WABetaInfo, the top tipster that uncovers unannounced features of WhatsApp. The makers have recently updated the WhatsApp for web, taking the version to 2.2043.7 and the tipster managed to dig into the update to bring out some gems that are not visually available for now.
The new voice and video call capability on the WhatsApp for the web and desktop client is not active for now and rather appears to be in the beta stage but somehow, the tipster managed to get the feature working and took some screenshots as well to share with all of us later. The screenshots demonstrate how the video and voice call on WhatsApp for the web would look like.
As evident from the screenshots, when a user receives a call on the web, a popup will appear, allowing you to accept or decline the call. A new small window will also pop out when a user makes a call on the WhatsApp for the web. This smaller window carries options like mute and decline, similar to what a normal call UI features.
Video and voice call facility is available on WhatsApp for the mobile client for years now and it is reportedly now about to come to the web/desktop client only. Referring to stats from SimilarWeb, we assume the web.whatsapp.com is getting over 2.13B hits every month, and if the new voice and video call feature come to the web client as well, people may likely to stick to WhatsApp for web even more. It is unknown when WhatsApp plans to push this feature to everyone but if it decides to launch it soon, it will get the opportunity to attract more users who are otherwise dependent on other services for video calls during this pandemic phase.
Also, the call support will take the WhatsApp web and desktop client one step closer to become a standalone service. It is true that you require a phone to connect to these clients and start messaging but past reports have said that WhatsApp is also working on eliminating the need of relying on an active connection with the paired smartphone.
Take this into consideration that the features that the makers have not enabled now may never come on board or it is also possible the newly discovered features will take much to arrive. But WABetaInfo suggests that the video and voice calls on WhatsApp for the web should launch soon.