Rumour that WhatsApp has been working on video calling feature has been going on for some time now. The first time we heard about them was last year in December from a German Apple blog Macerkopf . The blog went further and provided allegedly leaked images of video calling in action claiming that WhatsApp is working on the feature.
It looks like the feature is finally here. The New beta versions of WhatsApp’s Android app now include a Video calls feature.
According to Android police which first reported about the feature, you will not need an app update as long as you are on one of the recent beta versions builds for some users. If the person on the other end doesn’t have video calling enabled yet they’ll just get a voice call. You as the caller will still be able to see the video calling UI, though.
So how does the feature work? We haven’t tried it out yet but according to Android Police, when you have video calling, tapping the call button or contact card brings up a dialog with both voice and video as options.
For those that have been using the WhatsApp beta for some time now, they can go ahead and update the app to 2.16.318 (451462) version to get started with video calling.
WhatsApp has really been making improvements on the app, from adding encrypted messages, voice calling, and now video calling for its more than 1 billion users on its network.