WhatsApp is now officially launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone starting today. This move by the Facebook owned messaging platform is a direct answer to other applications like Face Time, which only and only works on Apple devices. This update also rivals along with the latest arrivals, such as the Google Duo, which only runs on later versions of iOS and Android (Jelly Bean and up, or iOS 9 and up).
In order to this latest video calling feature, WhatsApp users have hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, and a subsequent overlaid interstitial will pop up, giving you the options to chose from voice or video call to contact the person you’re chatting with. To start the video call, you just have to select the “video call” option from this screen.
Just like the major video calling platform SKYPE, you can switch between the forward-facing and rear camera in between the call itself . The user interface might slightly vary on Android and iPhone in terms of where the picture-in-picture video feed is displayed.
Meawhile, WhatsApp has already started rolling out the feature to its users. You shouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t get the option to make the video call because rollout seems to be taking place in a slot styled phase wise deployment. This means that it might take a day or two for the update to reach to you.