WhatsApp launches video calling feature

Today Facebook-owned chat service WhatsApp is officially launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

India now has the highest number of monthly active users for WhatsApp at 160 million users. To highlight the importance, the messaging company, on Tuesday, did a global launch of its video calling feature from New Delhi.

Jan Koum, CEO & Co-Founder, WhatsApp said, “Video calling is one of the most requested features from people in India. We’re proud to have the opportunity to launch this feature in India, where we now have 160 million users, and we look forward to seeing people use WhatsApp to talk to their friends and loved ones face to face.”

WhatsApp was built before 3G and 4G started rolling out in countries like India, the platform is conditioned to work in low bandwidth areas.

The feature is already available to users who have the beta version of the app installed. It is likely to roll out to all other users by tonight.

To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an overlaid interstitial asking if you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with. To kick off the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this screen.


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