Video calling FINALLY hits WhatsApp for Android

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The much awaited and highly anticipated video calling feature has finally started rolling out (in beta) for WhatsApp on Android.

25th Oct., 2016, Red Newswire/-

For a long while now, Android users have been waiting for a video calling facility on WhatsApp. Speculation grew stronger after the company started rolling out the voice calling capabilities for WhatsApp on all platforms. Several rumours and apparent claims followed this whole development, with many saying that a beta version of WhatsApp was coming in with the video call button.

We even saw several screenshots and code snippets posted by different individuals from across the globe claiming that the upcoming feature was very close to an official release.

With the instant messaging app getting so many features over the past few months, it was evident that video calling would also hit some platform or another by the end of this year.

Android Police reported today that a new beta of WhatsApp for Android has been put up on the internet that supports video calling. The version number is 2.16.318 and anyone can download and start using it from APK Mirror.

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Once the app is up and running, you’ll notice right off the bat that there’s a new camera icon right next to each contact. Tapping on this will allow you to make a video call to the selected person.

After WhatsApp’s parent company, Facebook’s Messenger app got the video calling feature a couple of months ago, it was apparent that we’d soon see the feature on the IM client. The feature has become increasingly popular on many similar applications on almost all platforms. Yet, the feature is still in beta for WhatsApp and available only on Android.

We don’t quite know if the feature is here to stay, or WhatsApp will remove it again as with the beta it had released in May. But according to most people who used this beta, the app is quite stable and the feature seems to be almost ready. This could mean that we may expect a global rollout in a couple weeks‘ time.

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