Even though the video calling option shows up in WhatsApp for Android beta, you can’t place calls yet.
WhatsApp has been slowly and steadily adding new features to the platform. After gaining support for making voice calls last year, we’ve been hearing rumors about video calling support to come soon. Now, the latest beta version of the WhatsApp for Android app (v20.16.80) shows video calling feature. However, it is not active as yet.
The app interface remains the same as earlier versions and as you can see, tapping on the call icon in the chat menu gives you two options – to make a voice call or a video call. Although the feature is integrated in the latest beta version, we weren’t able to place a video call, as yet. It is also a little surprising that WhatsApp went to the same voice call icon, rather than having a separate one for placing video calls. If you want to try it out, you can download and install the APK file from here.
Recently, we also learned that the upcoming WhatsApp update could bring features such as callback, voice mail, video calling and also the ability to share ZIP files. Now while the video calling feature has showed up, the company is reportedly testing the voicemail feature internally.
Earlier this week, WhatsApp also finally released native desktop clients for Windows and Mac OS X. However, just like the WhatsApp Web, the native clients too need you to Scan the QR code and your phone connected to the internet. So, you basically get a separate app, rather than having one tab open on your web browser. The company has also added the ability to attach and share documents via WhatsApp Web.
Last month WhatsApp released end-to-end encryption for more than its billion monthly active users, leading many government security agencies, including India’s, uneasy.