WhatsApp Voice Calling
It looks like mobile messaging service WhatsApp has started rolling out the much awaited voice calling feature. Yes! WhatsApp Voice Calling feature in on the way to be provided to users but it works more like an invite.
Reddit user Pradnesh Patil (pradnesh07) posted screenshots and even a video of WhatsApp’s new interface that features voice calling.
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. The screenshots are similar to leaked pictures of the interface that appeared online in December.
As per Patil, the calling feature is included in WhatsApp’s new build (2.11.508) which is only available on WhatsApp’s website at the time of filing this story. So users will need to download the .apk file and side-load the app until it arrives on the Play Store.
However, even after installing the new version, voice calling will not be activated for all users. Users will only be able to get the 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 rollout of the feature yet. Perhaps, it’s still testing the feature with selected users.
Last year, WhatsApp had announced that it soon plans to roll out voice calling feature for its users. In December, a few screenshots of the feature had leaked.
According to WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, the delay in rolling out voice calling feature was due to technical hurdles that developers were facing. He had said that the service had been delayed till Q1 2015, speaking at an industry conference in October.
The voice calling feature will bring WhatsApp in direct clash with apps like WeChat, Viber and Line that already allow users to make calls and send messages. WhatsApp is the biggest instant messaging app in the world, with 700 million active users in January 2015.
Here is a video where Pradnesh Patel demonstrating the same.
How to use of WhatsApp Voice Calling Pre-Realeased:
- You will need WhatsApp Version 2.1..508 or later to use this feature. (Links at Last of this post)
- After that download WhatsCall (A command build app) to launch the HomeActivity of WhatsApp (The new interface)
- Open the WhatsCall app and click “Run Commands” to start the new intend interface of WhatsApp.
- WhatsApp will be opened with new interface and you can see the new tabs saying, Call, Chats and Contacts.
Note that you cannot call or use this feature till the time you didn’t received call from someone who already have this feature enabled. After you have got a call from someone with this feature enabled, u will automatically launch the new screen when start.
Moreover, keep in mind to see the new screen everytime, you have to launch it from WhatsCall till the time you didn’t get it officially enabled.
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