WhatsApp? Voice calling, that's what

WhatsApp? Voice calling, that's what
Back in April, we told you that WhatsApp was working on Voice Calling capabilities. Those translating the app into Hindi were asked to translate Hang up, Incoming call, and Outgoing call. Sure sounds like Voice Calling to us. Now, a further reference to such a feature has been spotted in the latest iOS update of the app, although it is not listed in the changelist.

You might be asking why there is no mention of Voice Calling in the changelist. The answer is rather simple, we're told. The feature is not yet active. But you can see a pop-up that requests access to the microphone on your iPhone, and specifically mentions Voice Calls. Simply go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone > WhatsApp > and flip the slider to off. Go back and open the WhatsApp messaging app, and you should see the same pop-up pictured below.

WhatsApp was purchased for a whopping $19 billion from Facebook. The service is free for the first year and 99 cents each year afterward. And with the latest update adding a ton of new features including improved location sharing, the ability to share slow motion video from the Apple iPhone 5s, the capability to trim video before sharing it, and Voice Calling (when activated), we could see more new subscribers get added to the 600 million that currently use WhatsApp.

Pop-up message that appears if your iPhone doesn't give WhatsApp permission to use the microphone on the phone

Pop-up message that appears if your iPhone doesn't give WhatsApp permission to use the microphone on the phone


source: NDTVGadgets via 9to5Mac, Gizmodo

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7 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

NDTV eh? Of all the others.... Lawl.

2. abhishekvashishth

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Mister wise man, Mr. Blogger That microphone pop up comes for the audio message feature! Not for the calling feature that has to come yet!

3. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Only for iOS for the Voice Calling. Sound good to me.

4. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

BBM has voice calling already!!

6. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

So does Viber.. Your point?

5. fjftokyo

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

I for one love using what's app and Line. It's the only way to keep intouch with friends and family over seas and across the boarder.

7. darkoman4

Posts: 181; Member since: May 30, 2014

I really don't understand why viber got sold for a few hundred million dollars and What's app for 19 billion. Somebody lost a lot of money there either way.

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