WhatsApp video calling feature is Here Like Google Duo, Skype & Others Have: From today you will be able to make video calls via the most used messaging app of the day, WhatsApp; just like Skype or Face time. There will be no extra charges for the calls. All that is required is an internet connection, where your mobile data will be used for the video call or WiFi connection. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum said in an interview to Reuters that video calls will be rolled out to 180 countries within hours after the feature is introduced at the event in India. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, also announced that it has over 160 monthly million active users in India, making the country its biggest market.
What’s more is that, WhatsApp also announced that the Video Calling feature is optimized to work in areas in India where people experience low connectivity. “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,” WhatsApp added. “We’re obsessed with making sure that voice and video work well even on low-end phones,” Koum said.
Just like WhatsApp messages and voice calls, which was also recently introduced, video calls will be fully encrypted end-to-end, making it technically impossible for the company or government authorities to read messages or listen to calls. The new video calling service will thus provide another means for people to communicate without fear of eavesdropping, though WhatsApp does retain other data such as an individual’s list of contacts.
The feature is gradually being introduced to all WhatsApp users all over the world, on iPhone, Android and Windows phones. WhatsApp had rolled out the video-calling feature to select users via the WhatsApp beta app on Android and Windows last month, when some users in India and other countries got access in advance.
WhatsApp video call will work just like voice call. When you press the phone icon next to the person’s name on your chat screen, WhatsApp will ask you whether you want to make a voice call or video call. This feature will be available to all those who have the latest version of the app. If you are on a previous version, it is highly recommended that you update your app.
With the introduction of video calling feature WhatsApp aims to compete with Apple’s FaceTime, Microsoft-owned Skype, and Google’s newly launched Duo – among others – to step into the Video Calling market. WhatsApp started as a text messaging service, and as its popularity grew, it has added features like voice calling – introduced in March last year – and now it has added video calling and we expect it to be as popular in the market as its other features have been.