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WhatsApp inches closer to launching its voice calling feature

Last year in
December, we had reported that instant messaging app WhatsApp is planning to
soon introduce a free voice calling feature. Few
leaked
images
posted by a Netherland based tech blog which suggested that the
feature was being tested among employees.

Last year in
December, we had reported that instant messaging app WhatsApp is planning to
soon introduce a free voice calling feature. Few
leaked
images
posted by a Netherland based tech blog which suggested that the
feature was being tested among employees.

Now, an
undisclosed company spokesperson told Mashable
that the company is currently testing the feature with a “small
group” of Android users. It is still unclear when the feature would be
rolled out for other users.

Four days ago, a
user posted a video on YouTube demonstrating how to enable the feature on
WhatsApp. In the video, the feature appears to function much like the voice
calling in Viber, Facebook Messenger or WeChat.

WhatsApp CEO Jan
Koum had announced the feature was in the works last year during Mobile World
Congress. The company says it isn’t testing the feature with iPhone users yet,
but call buttons have appeared in the iOS version of the app, though they
redirect to the iPhone’s native phone dialer, reports Mashable.

The company
revealed last month the service had hit 700
million monthly
active users who exchange more than 30 billion messages a
day on the app. Soon after, WhatsApp introduced a desktop
version
of its service.

Recently, India-based
messaging app Hike
has rolled out a voice-calling feature on its Android
app, ahead of WhatsApp.

 

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