WhatsApp finally adds voice calling to Windows Phone app

WhatsApp finally adds voice calling to Windows Phone app
Windows Phone users have become accustomed to waiting behind their Android and iOS device-wielding buddies, and despite having the backing of Facebook after last year's mammoth acquisition, WhatsApp's Windows Phone app has continued to lag with regards to features. Late last month, WhatsApp's voice calling feature rolled out to beta testers of the app, and the latest update over at the WP Store brings said feature to the masses. 

It first emerged back in April of last year that voice calling was headed to WhatsApp. This was, as you may recall, only a couple of months after Facebook acquired WhatsApp for what eventually exceeded $20 billion. But even with such an apparent force of software development behind it, the Windows Phone edition of WhatsApp has still struggled to catch a break, and only with the just-released version 2.12.60 can Windows Phone WhatsApp users indulge in some VoIP.

Having tried out voice chat on WhatsApp using different devices on iOS and Android, I'd say it's definitely still a work in progress. But it is improving, and with Windows Phone finally on board, WhatsApp's devs can perhaps now spend more time refining the overall service, and hopefully drag it up to scratch with the established Skypes and Vibers of the world. 

The update also adds the ability to send audio files to those running Windows Phone 8.1. 

Download: WhatsApp (Windows Phone)


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7 Comments

1. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

When will developers start taking wp seriously? I mean MS is trying so hard to get their attention

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lol Android whatsapp calling blows. placement is bad. Im always hitting call when i wanna send a media. and then the best part... I cant hang up... once I have started a call I have to put my phoen into airplane mode to force end it....

3. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

One more reason to leave iPhone! All I want is Voice Calling in Messenger! Then, I'll wave BYE BYE to iPhone! :D

5. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

If only they solved the video problem

7. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

This article is a great example of how this website likes to take shots at Windows Phone. They could of simply posted the article saying new update for WhatsApp for Windows Phone, then in the article they could of posted the change log with everything they change, in other words add to the app. Instead they started off the first line of the article with a shot at Windows Phone, for what reason, I am not sure. In my opinion, they should be writers with no bias, bringing phone news for all. Instead I have to learn over and over each Windows Phone article on how they have to catch up, when I am pretty sure, WhatsApp did not post in their change log that Microsoft app store need to catch up. I hope they looking for new writers, they need to clear out the ones they already have, or just tell he or she to just post the news by getting straight to the point. But still thanks, PhoneArena for letting me know there's an update out.

8. shivram100

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I have downloaded the latest ver today, but am unable to activate the voice calling feature. Tried calling my WP from another android phone...but it is not working

9. shivram100

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

well, it needed a restart, now it works....

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