WhatsApp users on the Windows Phone finally can say they’ve earned some of the best perks of the service, as the company began rolling out voice calling.
WhatsApp has been pushing itself further, and further in recent months. The company has pushed into the voice calling space, and while not all devices and operating systems were taking advantage, Windows Phones have finally caught up with the rest of the competition. The company recently announced that they would be adding, and rolling out, voice calling features to all Windows Phone users, and that they should expect the same level of voice calling experience that Android and iOS users experience to this point.
It was a bold move, but one that many thought was long overdue. WhatsApp had been dealing with a lot of criticism due to the fact that the company hadn’t introduced any voice calling features to Windows Phone users. Meanwhile, the company had continued pushing their Android and iOS operation further, and further into the technological abyss.
Just like WhatsApp voice calling with Android and iOS devices, it will be free, with exception to the cost incurred when a user is burning through data making voice calls. The company said that it would work on any Windows smartphone running Windows 8.1 or later. That’s a pretty good indication at this point that the voice-calling feature will work well with Windows 10.
However, this isn’t the only area that WhatsApp is improving their overall function and selection. The company pointed out that they would be giving Android users the ability to do app-wide searches, which is a significant change from what has currently been set up. Users have often complained that the only way to search for something old, like a message, is to manually go through the process of searching for it by hand. Instead though, users have been craving the ability to search through messages by keyword, or even name, like you can in several other messaging apps.
WhatsApp boasts 800 million monthly active users, which is a significant increase over previous numbers, and it would also appear as though the company is on a collision course with a billion users. That isn’t something that the company has showed any fear of though, as they continue running within the Facebook family of companies.