Some weeks back, TechCrunch Africa Growth Hacker reported on WhatsApp relaunching an app for its desktop users but two days ag0 Fonearena reports that the latest beta app for Android includes video calling options for some users.
While WhatsApp users have been able to place audio calls for more than a year now, a video calling option would be an even bigger threat to services like Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger. WhatsApp currently has more than 1 billion users.
We are informed that the feature can be enabled or disabled on WhatsApp’s servers, so the company can trial it with groups of testers.
Last year, Whatsapp gradually introduced voice calling to Android users. With over one billion users, it comes as no surprise as to why Whatsapp would want to be as efficient as possible.
No comments have been heard from Whatsapp yet on any video calling plans, but it’s possible the company may roll out this test feature in a similar way to the voice calling option.
It’s obvious that Whatsapp’s video call feature is still in the beta phase so let’s wait for an update on the official release.