It was back in February that rumors surrounding the voice calling feature in WhatsApp started hitting the webosphere. Then it came from the mouth of the WhatsApp CEO Jan Kuom.
Kuom had then announced that the voice calling feature would be added to Android and iPhone first, followed by BlackBerry, Nokia and Microsoft platforms.
In April, even the image that showed translation of the app into Hindi showed up. And surprisingly the words that were translated were Hang up, Incoming call, and Outgoing call, which hinted to the very voice calling feature.
Today, the latest reference to such a feature has been spotted in the latest iOS update of the app, although it is not listed in the changelist. The screenshot comes courtesy of NDTVGadgets and it reads, "WhatsApp requires microphone access to send Voice Messages, record Videos with sound, make and receive Voice Calls."
The feature is not yet active. But you can see a pop-up that requests access to the microphone on your iPhone, and specifically mentions Voice Calls. Simply go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone > WhatsApp > and flip the slider to off. Go back and open the WhatsApp messaging app, and you should see the same pop-up pictured below.
Facebook bought WhatsApp this year at a massive $19 billion and there are more than 600 million active users.
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