WhatsApp Voice Calling being rolled out on invite only basis
A Reddit user on Friday posted screenshots of the voice calling feature, supposedly accessible in the latest WhatsApp app (v2.11.508) for Android from the company site on a Google Nexus 5 running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop in India. According to him, one needs to download the APK file from the WhatsApp’s website. Giving out a description about the interface, the post also mentioned,
‘It’s like an invite thing, where a person with the call feature needs to “call” another person who wants to start using the feature’.
However, even after installing the new version, voice calling will not be activated for all users. Users will only be able to get the voice calling feature if someone who has it enabled calls them through WhatsApp similar to an invite system. He added that the person who sent him the invite has confirmed that it works on all Android phones (and not just Android 5.0 phones) and in other countries (not just India).
According to WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, the delay in rolling out voice calling feature was due to technical hurdles that developers were facing. He had said that the service had been delayed till Q1 2015, speaking at an industry conference in October. This hasn’t been any official announcement about the voice calling feature yet, as it is still in its testing phase.
The voice calling feature will bring WhatsApp in direct clash with apps like WeChat, Viber and Line that already allow users to make calls and send messages. WhatsApp is the biggest instant messaging app in the world, with 700 million active users in January 2015.
Now if you can’t wait till the voice calling feature rolls out for everyone and wanna feel the user interface here is simple guide to activate the voice calling feature.