|Whatsapp update now only for ANDROID users
If you use WhatsApp on Android, you can use this app not only to send and receive messages but also to ring up your friends. The calling feature is now rolling out to Android users. To get the feature, Android users need to update the app to the latest version and then find out a friend who already has the feature. Then ask the friend to call you using WhatsApp and voila! you will get the feature activated on your phone.
If someone who already has the WhatsApp calling feature tries to call a user who has the older version of the app, the message tells the user that the app needs to be updated.
While the calling feature is available in several other instant messaging apps, with nearly 600 million users WhatsApp is in a position to change the telecom industry with this feature.
The version of WhatsApp that supports calling is 2.11.528. Currently, it is not clear if Android Lollipop is required for the feature or not. Earlier, when WhatsApp was testing this feature in a limited way, it worked only on Android phones running the Lollipop.
The WhatsApp calling feature adds a new tab called calls into the app window. Under this tab, call history will be stored. Also, the feature adds a call icon on top of a chat window. We tried the feature on the Google nexus 5 phone. Although it also seems to have a bug that is stopping a few users from picking up the incoming call.
As it happens in other messaging apps, for the calls made using WhatsApp users will be charged only for the data consumption. They will not be charged for “call charges” that they have to pay for the regular calls.
Update 1: The WhatsApp calling feature doesn’t require Android Lollipop. It also works on Android KitKat.
Update 2: While calling feature is available with WhatsApp Version 2.11.528, it is buggy. For the better experience, use the Version 2.11.531, which is available directly from WhatsApp website.
posted by +vishalsrinivasan