Few weeks ago, a Reddit user posted pictures of voice calling feature being in testing phase on Nexus phones running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. A recent update in this messaging app has rolled out the update to more number of users. The version 2.11.528 released on 19th February has made this voice calling feature on WhatsApp available to more users.
Right now, this feature can be simply activated on other devices by calling them via WhatsApp. Any official announcement hasn’t been made by Facebook owned WhatsApp about the official release date of this free voice calling feature on WhatsApp. WhatsApp is one of the biggest instant messaging apps with nearly 600 million users.
WhatsApp has been releasing this feature slowly and gradually to different users and right now it’s being tested on the Android devices. The Windows Phone users and iOS users are not supported at the moment. In the earlier limited testing phase, this feature was limited to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The new updated testing has enabled this feature on Android KitKat too. After the activation of calling feature, a new tab named “Calls” will be added in the app window.
This free voice calling feature is already available in the other instant messaging apps like WeChat, Hike, Viber etc. and now it’s WhatsApp’s turn. It should be noted that WhatsApp has recently launched WhatsApp Web- the web version of the app. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook previous year and the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that voice calling feature on WhatsApp will be rolled out in the first quarter of 2015.
Update: This invite system was only available for a small period time and now it’s reportedly disabled. Users who have already activated this WhatsApp voice calling feature are able to use this feature, but they can’t invite more people.
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