The latest beta version of WhatsApp for iOS features the new video calling feature. This feature is currently available only for beta testers. Speculations are rife that the video calling feature will be soon made available in the next update to general users.
@WABetaInfo, a Twitter account that has been consistently releasing information on the upcoming features of WhatsApp has revealed several screenshots of the latest beta version of WhatsApp for iOS. The screenshots have revealed that a new “Video Call” icon can be seen at the top right of an open chat window. Previously, the chat screen only featured voice call button along with the profile image. Now, a new video call option is also present alongside voice call button.
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) April 19, 2016
The beta version that contains the video calling function is 220.127.116.113. The video call feature would be available for general users in version 18.104.22.1685 that will be released in few days, Phone Radar reported. In order to run beta version of WhatsApp for iOS, users are required to have an iPhone that is jailbroken along with Cydia installed.
Currently, desktop PC users can use WhatsApp through the “WhatsApp for web” service. It allows users to access the instant messaging service on a web browser by pairing their PC with the smartphone. @WABetaInfo has also revealed two screenshots which show “Download for Windows” and “Download for Mac OS X” buttons for native desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
Hence, the rumors are rife that the developers are preparing a desktop app that can be installed on a Windows PC as well as on Mac OS X. WhatsApp has neither confirmed on the arrival of video calling feature as well as desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS X. Speculations also suggest WhatsApp for iOS and Android are also expected to bring along several new features like call back, voice mail, and support for sharing zip files.