WhatsApp is now allowing everyone to make video calls

By: Leon Jamarie
Nov 15, 2016

Whatsapp announced on Tuesday that all users would now be able to make use of the video calling feature.

The feature that is similar to Skype, Google’s Duo and FaceTime will be rolled out to over one billion Android, iOS and Windows users allowing face-to-face calling.

“Today we’re excited to announce the next step in our efforts to connect people – WhatsApp video calling,” the statement said. e9d247795a356dfc8f5b21f002af769e.jpg

“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad.”

Once the application is updated on the devices of both the user and receiving user, people will be able to connect via video.

Similar to WhatsApp’s over-the-top (OTT) voice-over-internet-protocol (Voip), which threw a spanner in the works for mobile networks - the instant messenger’s video calling function can be accessed using the same telephone icon for voice calls - once tapped, a pop-up option for voice calls or video calls opens.

“Over the years we’ve received many requests from our users for video calling, and we’re excited to finally offer this feature to the world,” the statement read.

I've had the chance to try it out a number of times and it work quite well. dare I say, it performs much better than the vocie calling function. Video and audio is clear with no delays.

Making a video call is just like making an audio call: open a call chat with the person you want to contact and then select the Video Call option. The other person, for now, will also need to have video calling for it to work otherwise you'll get an error message.

Once the call is launched, you can see and hear your correspondent. It will take us further testing to see the actual video quality but at first glance it looks pretty good. In our test, my colleague Luis used a Xiaomi Redmi 3 and I used a Nexus 6P, so rather good smartphones.

While not all devices have immediate access to the feature - the service is expected to be rolled out with a new update in weeks to come.

With a simple tap on the screen, you can access your messages, for example within the application, or return to the menu and use your smartphone for other purposes while continuing your call. Of course, if you do not keep the display of the call on the screen you can not see the caller but only hear the audio. To see him/her again, simply reopen the window.

You can download the latest version of WhatsApp version 2.16.318 here. But remain patient, the feature is rolling out to all users (not just beta users anymore) in the coming days. Uninstalling and reinstalling the app or clearing the cache won't do you any good. You just have to wait.

Well, you just cannot deny that WhatsApp is one of the best and most used messaging apps at present. In the last month, it received a major update of video calling. And this time, the developers have come up with a whole bunch of updates. The updates include video streaming, image editing, two-step verification, converting into GIFs. With these updates, it will become more relevant to the users. These features will give a real competition to Japanese and South Korean apps like Line and Kakao Talk. Now, WhatsApp will gain popularity in those regions. Since video calling is not the only feature and update of WhatsApp, let’s have a look at the new features. And one more thing, WhatsApp is now owned by Facebook, for those who didn’t know about it.

1. Video streaming:

Well, till now, if you got a video in WhatsApp, you had to wait for it. But now, the process has changed completely. You can play video even if it is still downloading. Yes! That is possible. The video streaming feature makes it possible to watch the video even if it is still downloading. It is just like the YouTube streaming. Once the video is downloaded, it is saved on phone memory. So, with this new feature, you won’t have to wait for a long time once you receive a video.

2. Image Editing:

In social media apps, the option to edit photos is famous. And Snapchat introduced this feature for the first time. But this is available for a lot of other apps too. And that includes WhatsApp. With this new feature, you can edit, add a text, and add a caption and also emojis on the photos. The options will show once you click on the images or pick them up from WhatsApp media. It is a great update.

3. Two-step verification for WhatsApp

Security is another concern. With updates, security should also be enhanced. WhatsApp is already offering the end to end 256-bit encryption for all the sent and received messages. And one of its new updates has two-step verification. It adds a layer of extra security. It takes away the risk of someone else trying to use your mobile number to access your account. And you can enable this feature from Settings. Go to WhatsApp Settings, and then click on Account. Then again click on the ‘two-step verification.’ You will be directed to create a password that is linked to the mobile number. And this is the same mobile number of which you have the existing WhatsApp account. It prevents any random individual to get your number and access the WhatsApp account.

4. Converting videos into Gif

The GIF images are very popular at present. Before, you could send and share any GIFs to your friends or in a group. But you didn’t have the option to create your GIFs. Now users have the feature of changing colors, emojis and adding texts. You can create GIFs of your own. With the video editing function, you can create short video clips to GIF images. To access the GIF feature, you need to long press and record a 6-second video on WhatsApp. You will get all the options for creating a GF image on the interface of the app.

So here we are guys! These are all the latest updates that this app received. Hope you will enjoy the features. Let us know what you think about these updates. Stay tuned for more!

WhatsApp video calling feature has not yet been rolled out for groups. However, there are multiple malicious links inviting people to download the same. The malicious link reads, “You’re invited to try WhatsApp Video Calling feature. Only people with the invitation can enable this feature.” Clicking on the link will ask you to invite more friends for video calling to activate on your device. Once again don’t click on these links.