WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet, so even small changes warrant some attention. This isn’t a small change, though. This is a big one. WhatsApp has rolled out support for video calls in the Android app.
To enjoy the Video Call feature, you would need to update to the latest version of Whatsapp (2.16.337 as at the time of writing this).
If the person on the other end doesn’t have this new version yet, they’ll just get a voice call. You’ll still be able to see the video calling UI, though. The call log shows that as a video call, but tapping the video button just pulls up an error message (below).
When you have video calling, tapping the call button or contact card brings up a dialog with both voice and video as options.
With more than a billion users already on its network, WhatsApp could effectively ruin the game for Google’s single-purpose app Duo, which only does video calls at the moment.
For that matter, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been steadily improving its product in the past few months, adding features like user tags in group chats, the ability to draw and add stickers to images a la Snapchat and support for placing calls and composing messages with Siri on iOS devices. It’s even testing a public chat feature that could become available in the near future.
Itching to try video calling on WhatsApp? Grab the latest version from Google Play Store and give it a go.