WhatsApp rolls out video calling
WhatsApp was a simple messaging app once. It was only available on mobile platforms and aimed to deliver your texts to your friends and vise verse. However, throughout the years, its purpose became more than just delivering your messages. Instead, it evolved into helping you to communicate with others in many ways. Two years after its lunch, you could create group chats, and few years after the group chats, you could call someone via the WhatsApp. Now, they are rolling out a new feature, video calling.
The new calling feature is simple, as the app itself. You just go the app ( assuming that you have the latest version ) and when you are in a chat, you will be given two choices; either voice or video call. Just press the camera icon on the top. However, one thing to mention is that new video calling feature is more like Google’s Duo and Apple’s FaceTime instead of Skype or Hangouts. It means you just see the person you called as well as your own face. Of course, you can switch cameras or mute the chat, but you can’t stream your video chats or translate while in a call. Nevertheless, that is not a problem because WhatsApp’s focus is different than the purpose of Hangouts and Skype.
There are, however, some little features that may help you a lot in some cases. For example, you don’t need to be in the video chat screen or even on the WhatsApp app to communicate in a video call. You can browse through other chats while your video call will continue in a small round box. You can even leave the app, although it will freeze the video feature, and your chat will be continue as a voice call.
This year was a great year for WhatsApp itself, also for its users. Within a single year, they brought WhatsApp to the desktop, encrypted your communications and even introduced new tools for you to draw and write on photos. However, don’t forget that it is also the year when Facebook started to take WhatsApp’s data, so that they could earn money from a free chatting software without serving any ads at all.
If you use WhatsApp ( is it even a real thing to ask nowadays? ), you have yet another way to see others.