Popular communication app Whatsapp has officially launched video calling for all its users world wide. Competing with Apple’s FaceTime and Google’s Duo, the service will become available on iOS, Android and Windows Phones over the next few days.
To video call, WhatsApp users can press the call button on the top right hand side of the screen to bring up an option for voice or video call. Simply press the video call icon to start chatting face to face with your friends.
The video calling application enables users to switch between the forward and rear facing camera or mute the call while showing video.
“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad,” said the company in a blog post. “And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks.”
By introducing a video calling feature, Whatsapp is maintaining its competitive edge with Viber, FaceTime and Google Duo while ensuring that its 1 billion active users don’t switch to other applications for any purpose.
It remains to be seen whether Pakistan’s 3G mobile networks which are one of the slowest in the world will be able to handle seamless video calling.