WhatsApp has reportedly introduced a video call feature to its beta version to both its iOS and Android versions. With this WhatsApp may soon come up with a new video call feature anytime soon, joining the league and giving head on competition to Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts and its very own counterpart Facebook messenger. Although their has been no official statement till now by the company and the feature is still under trials.The news regarding this update comes exactly one year after WhatsApp successfully introduced Voice Calling for its users in 2015. At that time the voice calling feature had just left the users wondering as to when will a video calling feature will be added as well. A German website Macerkopf was able to initiate the video call and has shown off the screenshots.
Macerkopf says that the feature is currently being tested internally for WhatsApp version 188.8.131.52 for iOS and the build is for developers and beta testers.
Although coming to Android, its beta users till now have just received an option for the video call which still shows “Option isn’t available yet.” prompt. WhatsApp 2.16.80 was available in the Google Play Store via the WhatsApp beta program but has since been updated and video calling options were removed.
WhatsApp is also reportedly testing sending group invites through QR codes, links, and NFC tags.
WhatsApp released a web browser version of its app called WhatsApp Web in January 2015, and last week a standalone desktop application was also released. WhatsApp is now available on every major computing platform and is gearing up to take over other existing communicating apps in the market by introducing this feature.
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