In the first big move after the acquisition by Facebook for a whopping $19 billion, WhatsApp is integrating voice calling to the messaging service. According to the leaked images on the internet, it’s hardly a secret that WhatsApp has conceptualized a VoIP, pitting it precisely against the major rivals like Skype, Viber and the new FaceTime Audio VoIP.
Originally, Whats App is a mobile messaging service that’s available on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Nokia Asha. 70 percent of Over 450 million users are active on a daily basis and use it to exchange messages without being charged for a year. It’s available on all major mobile platforms and the fee explains why it’s so popular among millions of users across the world.
To ride on this popularity further, WhatsApp has released a private beta version of the app with the ability to make calls. As per the reports, the voice calls are possible through Wi-Fi and or 3G network. The interface reflects an in-call screen, which is identical to iOS 7′s default Phone app.
The leaked screenshot shows four circular buttons to mute a call, switch to a text messaging session, direct the call through the device’s speaker, and end the call. The top of the screen displays the caller’s name, photo, and phone number.
In the keyboard, there’s also a camera button that lets users to take a snapshot or capture a video while messaging is on. A colored bar will be displayed titled with “call in progress” when a user will move out of the app, similar to Skype and Line.
While talking with your friend, you will be able to continue messaging. It’s also reported that the microphone will become active after user’s permission sought by the app to make the calls. Till now, it was possible to send recorded voice messages but voice calling will change it all.
At present, it’s also possible to make voice calls through Facebook Messenger. However, it’s hardly anything in comparison to voice calling via WhatsApp as it’s independent in its operations and will benefit to a large base of people who’re using the popular messaging service.
The CEO of the celebrated app had made it clear that WhatsApp for iOS and Android will be offering the voice calling feature by the end of the second quarter.
All these details notwithstanding, the release date after the testing is completed isn’t yet quite clear. It’ll also be interesting to see if it comes with any other changes, given its tie-up with Facebook.