WhatsApp rumoured to launch new video calling feature
Following the introduction of in-app calls, rumours suggest that WhatsApp video calling will soon be introduced to the platform’s iOS and Android apps.
Fresh from introducing its new desktop app clients, one of the world’s most popular messaging apps could be due for another expansion: new rumours have suggested that WhatsApp video calling is set to arrive on the platform.
FoneArena reports that a recent WhatsApp beta released on Android includes a video calling option, which could see the messaging service go head-to-head with the likes of Skype or Apple’s FaceTime. Read: WhatsApp releases desktop clients for Mac and Windows
According to the report, the beta offered users the ability to select between either launching an audio or video call when tapping on the in-app call icon. However, users testing the beta were unable to launch a video call, after being greeted with an error reading “Video calling is unavailable at this time”. WhatsApp has already proceeded to remove the option from the beta in a recent patch, indicating that the company likely didn’t intend to unveil its new video calling function just yet.
The new evidence found in the WhatsApp beta seemingly confirms the fact that video calling will arrive on the platform soon; last year, WhatsApp video calling was anticipated to roll-out on iOS, but never emerged.
With the recent addition of WhatsApp’s official desktop clients on both Windows and Mac OS X, the instant messaging service could be looking to expand its core feature set into territories typically reserved for Microsoft’s Skype. Read: WhatsApp activates end-to-end encryption
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