WhatsApp finally launches video calling

The latest feature could spell bad news for rivals such as Skype and Apple’s Facetim. WhatsApp has introduced a new feature likely to strike fear into the hearts of its competitors: video calling.

A screenshot of the video calling interface on WhatsApp, showcasing the new feature and its user-friendly design.
Image by Alfredo Rivera from Pixabay

After months in the beta stage, the Facebook-owned tech giant rolled out the update on Tuesday to its more than one billion monthly users.

The latest feature could be bad news for rivals such as Skype and Apple’s Facetime, as Whatsapp ups the ante in its effort to position itself as a one-stop-shop for communications.

calling feature, however a picture-in-picture feed will allow you to see yourself and who you’re talking to.

“Today we’re excited to announce the next step in our efforts to connect people – WhatsApp video calling,” the statement read.

“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And 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.”

Video calling is one of several new additions to WhatsApp’s feature suite in recent weeks.

In October, the company rolled-out a feature that allowed users to draw on images, similar to functionalities found on Snapchat, Instagram and iMessage.

(Story : independent.co.uk)

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