WhatsApp video calling feature has finally turned into a reality. After pulling out a beta early this year, WhatsApp is finally bringing the feature with version 2.16.316 or higher. The video calling feature is being rolled out in beta so not everyone of you is going to get the feature right away but it is now evident that video calling is the next big feature from world’s most used mobile messaging platform.
Back in July, we had reported how WhatsApp brought video calling option for a brief moment before pulling the plug on the feature. This time around, the feature is available via official Android Beta channel. If you are a registered WhatsApp user on Android beta channel then you already have the option to make video calls. The feature works exactly like any other video calling platform and mimics the quality of Facebook Messenger.
WhatsApp’s video-calling feature is one that the users have been anticipating since the first beta became available for a short time. With the video calling feature, WhatsApp gains an edge over other messaging rivals. Of course, Skype remains one of the leading options for video-calling for many users but WhatsApp will easily make inroads in the consumer side. The video-calling feature is also available on Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, KakaoTalk, Viber.
Another thing working in favour of WhatsApp is its close to 1 billion monthly active users. With features like end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp should easily appeal to consumers who have access to faster internet speeds.
Lately WhatsApp has been very aggresively adding features like end-to-end encryption, document sharing and more. The app recently introduced support for call-back feature and voicemail support. WhatsApp has always indicated that it wants to get more enterprises and business on board so as to let them interact with their customers. With video calling, the social messaging app has just added another significant feature to its bucket list.