WhatsApp tests desktop audio and video calls on MacOS

While Apple fans have enjoyed passing FaceTime calls between their iPhone, iPad, and Mac thanks to Handoff for some years now, a new report from WABetaInfo signals that WhatsApp’s audio and desktop calling feature could soon make landfall aboard the platform as well.

The news is significant, as both calling options have only been present on WhatsApp’s mobile application until now – though some enterprising users have found workarounds, such as using an emulator, to make audio calls from their PC.

As WABetaInfo reports, certain users now have access to a beta screen wherein they can make video or audio calls directly from WhatsApp for Mac; wherein, when triggered, a seperate pop-up will offer dedicated controls to enable or disable video, mute calls, or hang up. Similarly, users will also be greeted with a pop-up when receiving calls.

It remains unknown why Facebook (and subsequently WhatsApp) has chosen to introduce the feature aboard Macs first – though the feature could heavily rely on Apple’s Handoff technology to pass calls between devices, and could be aimed at challenging FaceTime to begin with.

Notably, Microsoft has, in recent years, also introduced tools specifically designed to link Android smartphones and Windows PCs with the ability to continue tasks across devices – so it remains to be seen whether WhatsApp for Windows will similarly benefit from the ability to make voice or video calls.

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