WhatsApp video calling feature has finally turned into a reality. After pulling out a beta early this year, WhatsApp is finally bringing the feature with version 2.16.316 or higher. The video calling feature is being rolled out in beta so not everyone of you is going to get the feature right away but it is now evident that video calling is the next big feature from world’s most used mobile messaging platform.
If you are a registered WhatsApp user on Android beta channel then you already have the option to make video calls. The feature works exactly like any other video calling platform and mimics the quality of Facebook Messenger.
The new video calling feature can be accessed via the calls tab. For making a video call, users will have to tap on the dialler icon present alongside the search icon. On pressing the dialler icon, users will get an option to either make a WhatsApp voice call or video call. It's worth noting that feature will work only when the caller and the recipient are part of the Android beta testing program. In case, the recipient is still using an old version of the app (or is not part of the beta testing program) will get a prompt saying "Couldn't place call" followed by text, "Couldn't place call. Recipient [name of contact being called] needs to update WhatsApp to receive video calls."
Lately WhatsApp has been very aggresively adding features like end-to-end encryption, document sharing and more. The app recently introduced support for call-back feature and voicemail support. WhatsApp has always indicated that it wants to get more enterprises and business on board so as to let them interact with their customers. With video calling, the social messaging app has just added another significant feature to its bucket list.