WhatsApp Messenger, a proprietary, cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging client for smartphones – the most popular actually – has added the video calling feature to its lots of other features. The Video calling feature has been released in the recent beta versions of Whatsapp.
This is coming weeks after Google released their own messaging app Allo, and video calling App, Duo. If user stats are to be followed, this would further decrease the number of customers who might be thinking of switching to the Google Duo to enable them make use of a video calling feature, as Whatsapp boasts of a user base of one billion as at february 2016, making it the most popular messaging application on the planet.
I don’t know if this move was previously calculated, but if it was, I want to commend Whatsapp for the timely release. Just when people who needed it might still be contemplating switching to Google, they responded. This move could reduce Google Duo to the status of Google plus.
You would not need an app update if you’re using one of the recent versions – as it is only available for those. However, If the person on the other end doesn’t have video calling enabled yet they’ll just get a voice call. You’ll still be able to see the video calling UI, though. The call log shows that as a video call, but tapping the video button just pulls up an error message
Also, there is an option to record a video message if the other party isn’t available.
Whatsapp would do anything just to keeps their users loyal, just like on January 18, 2016, when WhatsApp’s founder Jan Koum announced that the service would no longer charge their users a $1 annual subscription fee in an effort to remove a barrier faced by some users who do not have a credit card to pay for the service. He also explained that the app would not display any third party advertisement and instead would bring new features such as the ability to communicate with business organizations.
I think just like Facebook, they’re also trying to take over their space – though Facebook has already taken over. I believe this is the “Zuckerberg effect”. Have you tried video calling on Whatsapp? Feel free to Share with us…
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