Yeee..Finallyy!!! WhatsApp’s voice calling feature that was rolled out to Android users earlier is now being rolled out for Apple iOS users.
The Whatsapp iOS app update also brings new features like sharing extension, quick camera button in chats and other additions apart from the VoIP-based voice calling feature. The updated version is available for download on Apple App store reveals support for voice calls. It says, “WhatsApp Calling: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they are in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Data charges may apply. Note: WhatsApp Calling is rolling out slowly over the next several weeks.”
Another major highlight of the latest update is the new iOS 8’s sharing extension that allows a user to share images, videos and links to WhatsApp contacts from other apps. It also adds a quick camera button in chats that allows users to launch the camera button right from the chat screen to share with contacts.
The new update is available for download right now, but not all users get the highly anticipated voice calling feature right away. The users may have to wait and the feature will be released to the users in phases.
Working of the feature would not be any different from that of WhatsApp for Android. Though there are very many messenger apps that allows calling like Viber, Hike, Skype, Line, WhatsApp holds an edge with the user base. WhatsApps CEO and co-founder Jan Koum claims that the app crossed 800 million monthly active users. The company had more than 700 million active users in January and thus increasing 100 million users in four months.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp voice-calling feature is under works for Windows Phone. Users with Windows Phone may have wait slightly longer to enjoy the voice-calling feature through WhatsApp messenger.