The users of Android version of mobiles have good news. The application WhatsApp has been given the voice calling feature so that people can use the internet telephony effectively. The company has already rolled out this update to some users few months back on trial basis. These privileged users had in turn passed this update on to others by making WhatsApp call during the time-limited invite windows. After the first trial, the company had rolled out for the public to avail this service. Since then, several users had used this feature to make call at a much lower cost. However, they did not receive any invites on this regard. This is the reason why many people were not aware of this update for some time. It further added that it is working on the iOS6 version of this update. The iPhone users started availing this feature later.
The company had sent the updates to a few people to test its new functionality. For its use on trial basis, the company had even pushed its updated version in Google Play as well. Later, the users had to look out constantly for getting updates in their region in selected sites. There was another source for getting the updates. It was by visiting the company site for downloading the apk file. People downloaded the new version and used it to give their feedback. Based on the feedback, WhatsApp brought some changes in the new feature to get the final approval. Finally, WhatsApp came out with the stable version that offered the voice calling facility.
How to Get this Feature?
The users can download the latest version WhatsApp from the company website to activate its voice calling feature. Though this feature is seen on WhatsApp version 2.12.5 in some Smartphones, people would have to download and install the latest 2.12.9 version to get this functionality fully. The people will find the instructions for installing the new version and activation of the new facility in the company website.
WhatsApp Voice Calling
After activating this functionality, the user will get a new three-tab layout that features Contacts, Chats and Calls functionalities. They need to visit the Calls tab to tap the phone icon to make a call. On tapping the phone icon, they would get a contact list from which they can pick up a contact to make the first internet call. Since this feature is not supported in other versions of WhatsApp, they will not see in the list of contacts of other people who have this new application installed. The company has brought the voice call functionality in other popular mobile platform iOS6 a few months later. The users owning mobiles with other platforms would have to wait for slightly longer time period.