The WhatsApp beta for Android update (v2.16.80) via the Google Play beta testing program displays the voice calling feature, however, it isn’t functional yet. To recall, the Facebook-owned messaging service had rolled out voice calling a phased manner, initially using an invite-based system before more broadly rolling it out across smartphone platforms. Although Whatsapp video call feature not working at present for users who see this button.
Whatsapp video calling feature
As expected, the WhatsApp video calling feature can be accessed by tapping on the phone icon placed at the top-right corner of the window inside a particular chat. While earlier tapping the icon directly initiated the voice calling, now tapping on the icon will give users the option to choose if they want to make a voice call or a video call to the person whose chat window is currently open. The option, for now, is only accessible from inside the chat window and not from the ‘Calls menu’.
Also, presently though users can see the ‘video calling’ option they will not be able to make the call. As, on tapping on the video calling option, the app says it cannot place the call and adds “Video Calling is unavailable at this time.” However, it is not difficult to assume that the feature will be added soon as the option can now be seen inside the app.
The world’s most popular instant messaging app is also expected to soon receive the ‘call back’ feature that will allow users to give a ‘call back’ later to the users whose calls they missed without even opening the app.
Whatsapp recent features-
WhatsApp has been slowly but steadily expanding its feature set for users, with several updates in the recent past bringing features like end-to-end encryption, document sharing, text formatting, and more. It is currently anticipated to soon bring voicemail, call back, and zip file sharing support. The messaging service this week also released its first desktop apps, making WhatsApp available for Windows and OS X users in non-browser form.