WhatsApp introduces video calling for smartphones; here’s how to get the feature

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Updated: Oct 27, 2016 5:24 PM

WhatsApp's much awaited video-calling feature finally appears close to launch, but there is a catch.

Whatsapp video calling, Whatsapp video calling feature, Whatsapp new features, Whatsapp features, Whatsapp recent features, video calling on Whatsapp, Whatsapp video calling launch, whatsapp beta, whatsapp beta version, tech news, Whatsapp news, financial expressWhatsApp has still not started to advertise the video calling feature, even though there have been many reports that people have started testing this Android app’s new beta version on their smartphones.

WhatsApp’s much awaited video-calling feature finally appears close to launch, but there is a catch. According to some reports, the video-calling feature is up for grabs in the beta version of the messaging app, but only for Android users. However, WhatsApp still has not started to advertise the feature, even though there have been many reports that people have started testing this Android app’s new beta version on their smartphones. If the users are on the new beta version of the app on Android, then they will now be able to see a ‘Video Call’ and ‘Voice Call’ choices when they tap the top dialer button. A new dialog giving the option between a standard voice call and a video call will appear. The feature reportedly lags a bit since it is still in its beta version. WhatsApp has an official beta testing program available on Google Play. In order to own this feature, users will have to get WhatsApp’s latest beta version.

Users will have to sign up for it by clicking on the ‘Become a Tester’ button. One can also download the beta version of the messaging app from other websites like APK Mirror, which offer apps signed by Google. But one must make sure that the downloaded version is at least 2.16.318. Earlier in October, there were reports of the video calling feature being seen in some of the Windows apps. Now with the app being seen in Android’s beta apps, it is clear that WhatsApp will soon introduce it in stable versions of Android and in Apple’s iOS as well. Video calling is a highly anticipated service on messaging apps. Facebook as always been a revolutionary when it comes to virtual communication, from texts to voice.

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There are indeed many other messaging apps which offer the video calling service, but WhatsApp’s incorporation will be interesting as it has more than a billion users. In fact, it is surprising that with its resources and technical knowledge, it could only come up with the feature so late.

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