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WhatsApp to have voice calling feature soon

This function is clearly unofficial as the company makes no mention of it.

BT Online Bureau | December 24, 2014 | Updated 14:27 IST
WhatsApp to have voice calling soon

WhatsApp is arguably the most used messaging app on mobile. Its executives have always maintained that its feature set will remain rather rudimentary and limited. However, earlier in the year, rumours regarding a voice calling feature started surfacing. Now, thanks to Android blog, AndroidWorld.nl, the screenshots of WhatsApps rumoured voice calling feature have been leaked.

Strangely, WhatsApp is distributed either through its website or through the Google Play store for Android. The version that is available through the WhatsApp website is updated very frequently and often contains hidden features that the company plans on adding in other builds at a later date. It is this version that has revealed the voice calling functionality. By the looks of it, the new voice calling functionality could be launched very soon.

This function is clearly unofficial as the company makes no mention of it. Probably, the app must've been at a test end of sorts for the feature. Interestingly, the calling feature is separate from the chat feature. The call logs, dialer and the contacts screen is separate from the main chat window. It also combines recording and playback.

Already, apps like Line, Skype and Viber offer voice calling functionality. In fact, on iOS, Android and Windows Phone voice calling through internet protocols is handled via FaceTime, Hangouts and Skype, so we can expect this feature to be a free addition. For India particularly, this will be relevant because WhatsApp executives in the past have been quoted saying that in India the app will always remain free.

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