WhatsApp iPhone app gets new voice calling feature

WhatsApp iPhone app gets new voice calling feature
After announcing the introduction of a voice calling feature in its Android app back in late March, WhatsApp is now rolling out the same feature to its iPhone app. WhatsApp Messenger version 2.12.1 brings Internet-based voice calling to all iPhones running iOS version 6 or newer. This is not a surprising decision from the Facebook-owned direct messaging service: back in late March at the F8 developer conference, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton announced that voice calls are just a few weeks away from reaching the iPhone app, and it looks like this was an accurate estimate.

The changelog notes that the new WhatsApp version will slowly roll out over the next several weeks, meaning that it may take some time before the update reaches your device. If you're impatient to get the new feature before the update reaches you, here's a way to enable WhatsApp voice calling on your iPhone, but please note that you'll have to install a beta version of the app manually.

After landing on both iOS and Android, the new feature is now planned to be ported to the third mobile platform by market share, Windows Phone. Rumors dating back to April 2014 argued that WhatsApps's voice calls will also reach the BlackBerry OS, but so far, we have yet to hear of any concrete plans.

source: iTunes

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8 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Congrats to iOS users. Better late than never....

2. seven7dust unregistered

I'd hope Apple makes iMessage/facetime universal like whatsapp, we don't need another Blackberry situation. this fragmentation in messaging apps will surely become a problem in the future. FaceTime audio quality is fantastic. I prefer it to other apps like Skype or whatsapp.

4. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Thats why I like Hangouts and recommend my iPhone-user-friends to have it... For me, Whatsapp + Hangouts + FB Messenger = 100% of ability to talk to my contacts.

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Whatsapp voice calling has crappy quality and the interface sucks on android..thanks...

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

For me the quality is great, the only problem is a little delay sometimes but nothing serious

6. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I've been calling my friends in Germany for over a week now with What'sApp on my Note 4... The sound quality is excellent, NO Delays whatsoever... Maybe you just have a crappy phone. :(

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Galaxy S4. maybe its this crappy net service. anyways Once i have begun to call some one I cannot terminate the call which is irritating. I also cannot hangup. I have to force close the app....

8. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Works perfectly on my low end Huawei G510 and Lenovo A536

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