WhatsApp users on Android will now be available to make video calls via the application with the latest beta release from the Facebook owned company. Though it looks like users will be able to use the video calling feature without an update, I could get it to work by installing the latest beta APK which can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this post.
WhatsApp is a small team and has managed to get the voice calling feature working by outsourcing the feature to Twilio and is known to be paying them $28 million a year. The video calling feature was once spotted back in May but was pulled off by the company immediately.
The video calling feature on Android works pretty well, also considering that I have a fairly decent bandwidth to spare for video calls but most WhatsApp users might still not use the video calling feature given that most of their users are on a slow internet connection.
Video calls are now being available across all chatting applications – notably Facebook Messenger, Tango etc. Google’s Allo lacks this feature but they have Duo that can help you make video calls in the least number of taps on the screen possible. Other applications like Telegram and Signal still lack this feature. We’ve been using Slack for Android very frequently for discussions with colleagues and it lacks the video calling feature too.