WhatsApp rolls out free whatsapp voice calling feature but to select users only in India:
Recent reports suggest that WhatsApp may be adding whatsapp voice calling feature to their online messaging app
WhatsApp has rolled out its new free whatsapp voice calling feature to a few users India which appears to be available on invite-only basis, as of now. The invite-only basis basically means that users will get a call through WhatsApp from someone who already has the feature updated. The feature is also restricted to Android only and you will need the updated 2.11.508 version to access the app.
Reddit user Pradnesh Patil (pradnesh07) posted screenshots and even a video of WhatsApp’s new interface that features whatsapp voice calling feature.
Patil was able to use the feature on his Nexus 5 running Android Lollipop. The screenshots suggest that there would be separate screens for dialing a voice call to WhatsApp contacts, call logs and ongoing calls.
He posted saying that, “I can’t seem to send invites to other people, the only thing I can ensure is that it works in India for people running Lollipop 5.0.x on a Nexus 5. Other Indians without the earlier combo don’t get it.”
According to the images posted, users who receive the whatsapp voice calling feature will notice an icon for it, beside the Chats and Contacts tabs. The whatsapp voice calling feature interface seems to quite similar to a smartphone’s contact directory. The app keeps a record of recent WhatsApp calls as well.
However, even after installing the new version, voice calling will not be activated for all users. Users will only be able to get the whatsapp voice calling feature if someone who has it enabled calls them through WhatsApp similar to an invite system, as per Patil. He added that the person who sent him the invite has confirmed that it works on all Android phones (and not just Android 5.0 phones) and in other countries (not just India).WhatsApp has not announced the roll out of the feature yet. Perhaps, it’s still testing the feature with select users.
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