Facebook owned messaging service, WhatsApp, has just upgraded its iPhone app! You can now call your friends for free using this app, even if they are in another country! All you need to have is a Wi-Fi or data connection and all your friends lie one tap away!
Simillar to Skype and FaceTime, the WhatsApp Calling feature will have to prove to be a worthy contender. But it will take a few more weeks for this feature to be available to all WhatsApp users, as it has undergone lengthy beta testing and is still recovering from it.
We will just have to see if smartphone users will find it easier to install the Skype app on their phones and do their texting there as well, or if the Calling feature on WhatsApp just made this app the more appealing of its kind.
Along with the Calling feature, this new WhatsApp version will include a quick camera button in chat screens, editing ability for the contact list from within the app itself, not Facebook, the possibility to send more than one video at a time and an iOS 8 share extension.
So, if you’re wondering how the Calling service will work, WhatsApp promises it’s going to be simple. If, for instance, you get a call, then you’ll see the notification showing you who is calling. And you can answer the call or decline it. If you do answer, you’ll be able to mute the conversation or put it on speaker. And you can even send messages to the person calling! You’ll probably be able to see your missed, outgoing and incoming calls, like in the Android version.
Overall, this feature will make WhatsApp even greater than it already is! WhatsApp has 800 million active users today and this new feature is bound to earn it even more popularity. It has long surpassed Facebook Messenger, that has around 600 million users and it is close to the fame of Facebook itself, that reached 1 billion users in about 8 years.
It should be mentioned that WhatsApp will only offer voice calls, as opposed to Skype, that is world famous for its video calls. So, will it be emojis and voice calls or plain emoticons and video calls? That is the question that Facebook is awaiting an answer to, but they’re not exactly stressing about it. After taking another look at the numbers, things are bound to be looking up for WhatsApp!
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