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This article was published on May 16, 2016

WhatsApp reportedly starts testing video calls on Android

WhatsApp reportedly starts testing video calls on Android
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Rumors about video calling in WhatsApp have been around for almost as long as those about voice calling, but now we have the first sign the company may be getting closer to releasing the feature widely.

First spotted by FoneArena, multiple beta testers saw the feature show up with the latest update to the app. For these users, pressing the call button prompts them to choose either an audio or video call.

The feature as it appeared to users over the weekend.
Credit: FoneArena
The feature as it appeared to users over the weekend.

That said, the feature didn’t appear to be active. Though users could see the option to see the option to place a video call, actually starting the call lead to an error message. Meanwhile, Android Authority says the feature has since been disabled, so perhaps the early availability was an error.

Still, it’s a sign the feature is possibly nearing completion. To reiterate, the trial only affects users signed up to the beta program, but the limited rollout is reminiscent of the early days of voice calling – only some users would see the feature for several weeks until it arrived for everone else.

Via Android Authority

 

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