WhatsApp introduces and starts rolling out calling feature

WhatsApp MessengerAnother resent success story, WhatsApp, do you use it? I have been using it for a very long time now. It is a very efficient tool to communicate with friends and family and business people around the world get messages across instantly. It is a $20 billion company; how? A free app that just went viral, and to stay on top of the game, its developers have been adding new features to improve on efficiency and performance. They added two blue ticks to show your message have been read, a feature that has been received very positively. Guess now what’s next? Calling features?

Well, WhatsApp calling has been rumored for quite some time, and supposed to roll out by the end of 2014. A month down the line in 2015, it’s like things are shapping up for the better, that’s as fast as WhatsApp users are concerned. The app just updated its UI and its already available to some few users, though acquire via their website, not play store!

Reddit user pradnesh07 has come across the feature by receiving a WhatsApp call from a friend. That’s how the option is presumably activated for each user, in an invite-like system where you have to get called by someone who already has it enabled. Here is the app’s updated UI and how the calling interface is supposed to look.

Pradnesh07 went on to call a few users too, trying to trigger a cascade of invites from his device. For now, he (and others) is reporting a hit-and-miss situation when trying to enable calling for his friends. You might have to grab the latest WhatsApp apk from the service’s website, you seem to be better off on Lollipop than previous Android versions, you could try this terminal trick if you’re rooted, and you may have to force close or reinstall the app if you’re lucky enough to receive a call, but none of it guarantees that the feature will get activated for you. I still haven’t managed to do it on my phone.

I guess we can always go the usual way Skype, Hangouts, or Viber, at least for now.

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SOURCE: Reddit  


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