02 Jan

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows users to exchange messages without paying a penny for first year. WhatsApp is available for Android, IOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Symbian.  WhatsApp is the biggest instant message app in the world, with 600 million active users in August 2014.

It seems that we’re getting closer to the launch of Voice calls in WhatsApp. According to Android World website it has put some evidence in form offew screenshots that has call logs, active call screens. Other Messaging apps like Viber, line have call facility and once WhatsApp gets this feature it will make its users more than happy.

With the latest WhatsApp update that was released for iPhone on September 8, WhatsApp added several features such as improved location sharing and fast camera access. What the app’s release notes do not mention is that it has added a pop-up, which requests access to the microphone every time the app is opened. As you can see in the screenshots above, this pop-up reads, “WhatsApp requires microphone access to send Voice Messages, record Videos with sound, make and receive Voice Calls.”

 

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According to WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, the delay in rolling out voice calling feature was due to technical hurdles that developers were facing. He said that the service had been delayed till Q1 2015, speaking at an industry conference in October. He also said that it is trying to work out how the service would operate  in situations  where data coverage is poor, noting that many WhatsApp users in emerging markets are still in 2G EDGE. So we have to wait and see how WhatsApp will address Voice calls considering its users are using WhatsApp on varied Bandwidths and also we have to see how voice calling facility will be integrated with the existing application.

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