Screenshots from new WhatsApp UI show calling feature in place

Screenshots from new WhatsApp UI show calling feature in place
Screenshots from a Reddit user reveal that messaging app WhatsApp is ready to introduce the long awaited calling feature to its Android app. Based on the images posted by pradnesh07, WhatsApp plans on using an invitation system where one user with the feature places a voice call to another WhatsApp user, and the latter is then able to make voice calls using the app. In addition to adding support for voice calls, the update brings the Material Design look to WhatsApp.

The update is not available from the Google Play Store, which means that you must get the apk from WhatsApp. You can find it at the sourcelink. The 18.52MB file requires Android 2.1 or higher. However, to get the calling feature, you need to be running Android 4.4 or higher.

Another Reddit user, Tropiux, has revealed how to use the feature without getting an invite. "Go to terminal...insert this command with root privileges...am start -n com.whatsapp/com.whatsapp.HomeActivity." You will have to do this every time you want to make a call. Once you are enabled, call someone with the latest version of the app. That will enable his WhatsApp calling feature, and once he calls you, your app will be permanently enabled.

Eventually, the Google Play Store should have the version of WhatsApp "in stock" with the voice call capability.


Thanks for the tip!

source: WhatsApp (APKMirror), Reddit (1), (2) via Amongtech

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23 Comments

1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

no material design yet?????

19. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

Material? It's owned by Facebook and Facebook has used iOS design for awhile. The circled contact thumbnails started in iOS 7 and Facebook copied that to all OS's for it's messenger. I miss the square thumbnails. Now Whatsapp is getting the plague. I'm not sure why Android decided to change to it in Lollipop. Leave me alone circled thumbnails!

2. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

am i the only one who feels this is an unnecessary feature..? for me whatsapp=texting.. end of discussion

4. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

well it takes time to get used to stuff, I am sure in India people will go crazy over this after it is officially released.

10. MAVERiCk21

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

I DON'T THINK SO BRO. CUZ IT NEEDS KIT-KAT TO UR CELL ., AND IN INDIA WE'RE STILL HANGING TO ICS OR JB ONLY 10% DEVICEs IN INDIA OFFICIALLY RUNS ON KIT-KAT .,, ND YEA MAY BE THIS DOSEN'T WORK ON CUSTOM KIT-KAT ROMz.,, SO IN INDIA MANY OF US HAVE TO SETTLE WITH JUST VIBER ONLY .,, ITS WAY BETTER THEN ANY VOIP CALLING APP .,,

11. Basharhd99

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING I'M SCARED.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Because India is far away from USA.

13. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

LOL.....

21. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You are not there only one. In any case, these apps are unnecessary. Unless, you don't have unlimited text or each party live in different countriy. Otherwise, gosms or chomp good enough.

25. donrox

Posts: 198; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

totally unnecessary

3. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Why doesn't everyone just use Hike? faster + stickers + calls + etc

5. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

because ironically everyone doesn't use it.

15. MAVERiCk21

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

VIBER OR HIKE !?! USING VIBER SINCE IT'S LAUNCH

24. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

In india, almost all my contacts have HIKE. But the fact that whatsapp is reachable to even asha, symbian and windows plus some few other platforms where HIKE could never reach. But seriously hike is way better

6. guruprasad

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

Ya.. I too feel that whatsapp is ruining its uniqueness. By adding this feature its becoming an another messenger app with such fancy things like calls, stickers

7. samgsam15

Posts: 50; Member since: May 09, 2014

Hike is much better than whatsapp..its just that its not famous. Hence people don't try it out.

8. Donbenie

Posts: 254; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Yeah,take a Hike..

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Lol your timing...

9. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Material Design will show only if running on 5.0.X

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Forced to try Whatsapp because some friends were using it, I knew it was bad but I didn't know it was so feature-devoid bad.

20. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Same thing over here, feel HIKE is really a step above WATSAPP. But forced to use WATSAPP due the only fact being, that a considerable majority of my contacts use only WATSAPP. The irony.

23. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I like this new design.

26. hrlyrbl

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Honestly I have a few calling features such as talkray and viber to keep in touch with friends that live overseas. I have called a few using the new whatsapp call feature and the quality is better than any of the others. Calls are completely clear with little interference or lag time. It is actually better than even calling directly on my phone.

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