Facebook’s WhatsApp has finally moved beyond text and voice chat and ultimately added the much-awaited video calling feature. The new development is a competitive step by the leading instant messaging app, targeting to rival Apple’s FaceTime, Google’s Duo and Microsoft’s Skype.
“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 WhatsApp team writes in a blog post.
Unlike FaceTime by Apple, which is so far exclusive to iOS, WhatsApp’s video calling feature is available across Android, iPhone and Windows Phone devices. It will be rolled to the masses “in the coming days” and would become a trend among WhatsApp users very soon.
You need to download the latest WhatsApp version to start making free video calls. Once the awaited feature debuts on your device, you’ll be able to test its performance by tapping on the call icon from the top right corner.
It is worth noting that not just you but your recipient party also needs to have the video calling feature. The app comes with a mute option to let you disable microphone on device anytime during the call.
The Facebook team, maintaining WhatsApp, has recently upgraded the instant messaging experience by adding two-factor authentication. The app already has over a billion users worldwide.