WhatsApp has finally announced that a video calling feature will soon be available on mobile devices around the world.
The feature is already in-use on FaceTime, Viber, LINE, Facebook Messenger, Skype and Google Duo. The company yesterday announced that the feature will roll out in a couple of days.
Video calling has been available in WhatsApp’s beta program over the past few weeks and it also enables users to make video calls to other platforms such as Skype or FaceTime.
Let’s watch the introductory video, here:
To use the video calling feature, first you need to open a chat. Then, you need to tap the call icon on the top right corner in the screen. After that, you need to select the ‘Video call’ button to proceed.
The interface of the feature seems very clear and simple, in order to make it as easy as possible. Therefore, there are no Snapchat-style filters and the ability to draw or write on a video options.
Manpreet Signh, WhatsApp’s Lead Engineer, said a few words about the simplicity,
We want it to be simple, we want to make sure people understand how video calls can be done. That’s been the model for everything we’ve developed at WhatsApp.
This is good news for the company that boasts of 1 billion users across the globe.