Evidence has emerged that WhatsApp is testing a voice calling feature for the popular instant messaging app.
We’ve been expecting a voice calling element to be added to WhatsApp for about a year now. Back at MWC 2014, WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum announced that it would be coming in Q2 of 2014.
The Facebook-owned company intends to make such voice calls accessible and affordable to all, with India and other emerging markets rumoured to be particular targets.
Of course, that early roll-out never happened. The company cited technical issues as reasons for the no-show, and revised its launch predictions to 2015.
The new app appears to incorporate a three-tabbed UI for Calls, Chats, and Contacts, with a simple and familiar display when making and receiving calls.
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The feature is seemingly being distributed through an invite system, suggesting that this is a limited test phase. “Its like an invite thing, where a person with the call feature needs to “call” another person who wants to start using the feature,” said Reddit user pradnesh07.
Still, if we’ve got to such a viral testing phase, you can probably expect a general roll-out of this voice calling feature in the near future.