WhatsApp video calling feature is now officially rolled out for all users of the messaging app. The function is activated remotely, therefore no update is required. Though it may take some time for the new functionality to be visible.
In the next few days, the update will be available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. With the new functionality, it’s easy to make a video call. Just like the text messages, WhatsApp video calls are also end-to-end encrypted, letting the conversations not be bugged.
“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.”
The company writes in a blog post.
“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.”
WhatsApp raises competition to FaceTime, Duo, and Skype with the new feature. According to WhatsApp, its video call works nicely at a worse internet connection. The feature was previously released for beta testers.
2016, however, has particularly been a productive year for WhatsApp. This year, the popular messaging service launched a desktop version. It is now possible to chat with your contacts in your browser on your PC or laptop. The chats are also protected by end-to-end encryption and users can also edit photos and videos. In the future, the team behind the messaging service hopes to add even more features to add improve the overall quality.