Messaging apps like Whatsapp are very useful. It’s cheaper than text messaging – provided you’re connected over Wifi and not one of South Africa’s exorbitant mobile networks. It even cut into mobile calls with it’s “Whatsapp Call” feature.
Now it’s rolling out Whatsapp video calling. For now, though, the feature is only available on Android.
the company hasn’t begun advertising this yet, but new beta versions of its Android app come with the ability to make video calls. If you and your friend are both on the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android, you will now see “Video Call” and “Voice Call” options when you hit the dialer button on top. Do note that the feature is still in early stage, so the video feed could stutter at times.
If you simply can’t wait, though, you can do the following, according to Mashable.
To get this feature, you will need to grab the latest beta version of WhatsApp from this link. The company maintains an official beta testing program on Google Play, and one can sign up for it by tapping the “Become a Tester” button. Alternatively, you can also download the latest beta build of WhatsApp from third-party site APKMirror. The website offers Google-signed apps. Ensure that you snag version 2.16.318 or higher of WhatsApp.
Apple Users, no need to complain, though. You’ve still got Facetime, right?