There have been numerous leaks and rumors surrounding WhatsApp Video Calling feature, but we can finally confirm that the feature is ready to roll out on Android at least. The latest beta APK of WhatsApp (v20.16.80) has the video calling feature mentioned, but not activated yet. We assume, WhatsApp will be rolling this out in phases much like how they did with the voice calling feature.
Instead of having a separate icon for Video Call, WhatsApp seems to have chosen to use the existing phone icon, clicking on which you will get an option to choose either the voice call or video call. But then, the video calling feature isn’t activated yet, so you might be greeted with “Couldn’t place call” message as shown below.
There have been leaks of WhatsApp Video Calling being tested for some iOS users, but this is the first time we are actually seeing the feature’s presence on the official channel. Last time around, WhatsApp had implemented a silly invite-based system, where users wanting the voice calling feature enabled had to get a call from those who already had the feature.
There are few other features expected to come on WhatsApp soon which includes group invites with links, QR codes and NFC tags, voicemail, zip and vcf (contact card) sharing etc. In recent times, WhatsApp finally released the desktop apps for Windows and Mac, while adding the document sharing feature for WhatsApp web. Although, the largest messaging app in the world isn’t growing at a rapid pace, the Facebook owned company is finally picking up some momentum in order to catch up with the competition who have had all these features since long.