After multiple hoaxes and rumors, WhatsApp has finally rolled out the voice-calling feature for all Android users. Users will have to download version 2.11.528 from the Play Store or version 2.11.531 from the WhatsApp website.
The voice-calling feature can be activated by receiving a call from someone whose voice-calling is already activated. After the user gets a call, he/she needs to close and then reopen the app.
After that, instead of seeing the most recent chats, there will be three tabs namely Calls, Chats and Contacts. The call tab shows incoming, outgoing and missed calls at the precise times.
This time around WhatsApp has decided to keep the invite-window open for longer duration. Unlike some weeks back when WhatsApp had kept the invite-window open only for a couple of hours.
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WhatsApp has been testing the voice-calling feature for quite a while now. We had earlier seen, how WhatsApp was testing this calling feature in India.
A Reddit userpradnesh07, even got the feature activated on his phone. According to the images posted, users who receive the voice-calling feature will notice an icon for it, beside the Chats and Contacts tabs.
The call interface seems to quite similar to a smartphone's contact directory. The app keeps a record of recent WhatsApp calls as well.
With a massive user base of over 700 million active users every month, WhatsApp is clearly looking to attract an even wider number of users with newly added features such as voice-calling. Notably, a web version of the app was unveiled recently and generated a positive response.