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WhatsApp update for Android enables Voice Calls

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Update to the Android version of WhatsApp adds a new Calls tab

Update to the Android version of WhatsApp adds a new Calls tab

Up until today, if you wanted to use the voice call feature on the Android version of messaging app WhatsApp, you had to receive a call from someone who already had the feature. But we received a screenshot from one of our loyal readers today that revealed the result of an update to the Android version of the app.

As you can see, some changes have been made. Instead of the Chats and Contacts tabs, a third new option has been added. Titled "Calls," when that tab is opened, users tap on the new call icon at the top of the screen. That begins the process of making a call to a person on the contacts list that has WhatsApp on his phone. Hopefully, this means that those with the Android version of WhatsApp are able to make calls without having to jump through hoops.

Just a few days ago, we told you that iOS users of WhatsApp are just weeks away from being able to make calls on the app. Right now, you need to have a jailbroken iPhone to enable the voice call feature for the platform.

It seems like ages since we first started down this long road toward voice calling on WhatsApp. Truthfully, we can now see the finish line in sight.

Thanks for the tip, Siddhart and IK

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posted on 30 Mar 2015, 23:51

1. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 280; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


posted on 31 Mar 2015, 07:57

8. gersont1000 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

I wonder where the guy who gets pissed off whenever you write this is? lol

posted on 30 Mar 2015, 23:53

2. kevinhope5 (Posts: 53; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)

What about Windows, when are we getting the update

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 01:41

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


posted on 31 Mar 2015, 00:49

3. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Yup got this today! Woke up in the morning to find that it has been updated.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 03:34

5. slev_ad (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

The official Website has the updated apk file to download for those who did not get it via the play store yet, like me :) [ country - india ]

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 06:45

6. avalon2105 (Posts: 310; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)

Anyone having problem with their microphone not working in Whatsapp calls? I can hear other people just fine but they can't hear the word I say. It's working fine in other apps like regular calling or voice-typing.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 07:26

7. Mitsjke (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Mar 2015)

Any way to disable it ? Don't like the pop-up box when pressing someone's photo... And I do not like Facebook to record my calls, so when I press 'call' I want my phone-app to open, not the whatsapp call function.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 08:02

9. blingblingthing (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Settings-Apps-WhatsApp-launch by default.
Clear the launch by default. So the call function should ask you which app to use.

If you are launching the call inside WhatsApp,I think this will just be the app functioning properly making the call itself.

By outside of the app. You can default it to your phone dialer.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 16:35

10. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Have you read the EUL for that app?

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 16:47

11. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)

I dont like new Whatsappo IU.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 20:45

12. Aroma (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Nov 2014)

viber, zalo, line.... can call, now whatapp... but i like Whatapp only send messenger better call

posted on 01 Apr 2015, 05:42

13. arslan3201 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)

what about us, windows phone users :( , every update has to come last to this platform.

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