WHATSAPP is on the verge of the rolling out a video call feature to its hugely-popular messaging app, to help it compete with the likes of Facebook, Skype and Apple’s FaceTime.
WhatsApp is hard at work on a video call feature for its hugely-successful iPhone, Android, Windows and desktop apps.
In the last few days, a video calling option has appeared for some beta testers.
That’s a strong indication that Facebook-owned WhatsApp is close to rolling out the highly-anticipated feature for its one billion users worldwide.
Unfortunately for those signed-up to the beta program, Android Authority says video calling does not actually work yet.
A more recent version of the beta software has since removed the option.
WhatsApp is clearly busy making some radical changes to its cross-platform messenger (although, it still hasn’t added this must-have feature from one of its closet rivals).
Earlier this month, the Facebook-owned service pushed-out two new desktop apps that let Windows 8, Windows 10 and Apple OS X users continue their conversations on their home computers.
The news comes as more leaked translation screenshots pointed to WhatsApp rolling-out a new voicemail service across its Android and iOS apps.
Alongside the voicemail, WhatsApp could also be planning to add an instant call back.
This could make WhatsApp a viable replacement for your favourite Android dialler and text message app.
Those who’ve seen early versions of the update claim the call-back feature appears as a notification. Tapping the notification at the top of the screen immediately returns the call.
With that many users, WhatsApp now has to cope with 42 billion messages and 250 million videos being sent every day of the week.
When it was bought by Facebook back in 2014, it had 450 million.