At the moment WhatsApp is pretty much used for sending instant messages, pictures, videos, and voice clips. However if there is one feature missing from WhatsApp it would be voice calling, which is what apps such as Skype, Line, Viber, and even BBM all possess.
Now last we heard it is that WhatsApp could eventually get voice calls. This was revealed during MWC 2014 by WhatsApp’s co-founder, Jan Koum, who suggested that we might be able to expect the feature to be arriving in the second quarter of 2014.
Thanks to iPhoneItalia, they have managed to get their hands on alleged screenshots of the feature, which you can see pictured above. According to them, the screenshot pictured above is supposedly that of WhatsApp’s upcoming VOIP feature, which to be honest looks a bit like the iPhone’s own phone app.
However we expect that the design will differ between different operating systems, and as you can see the one above is for the iOS platform, so perhaps the Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry version might look very different.
Functionality also appears to be pretty basic, allowing the user to enable loudspeaker or to mute the microphone, or return to the message. We expect that voice calling feature will be free to use and will require an internet connection of sorts, although we have to wonder if WhatsApp might eventually offer paid calls like Skype and Viber.
No word on when the updated version of WhatsApp will be made available for download, but based on what we can see, it looks like things are pretty much close to completion and good to go, but either way we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for more information. In the meantime what do you guys think?
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