Date
22 October 2017
WhatsApp hopes to boost its competitiveness against rival communication apps such as Viber by adding a voice-calling feature. Photo: Bloomberg
WhatsApp hopes to boost its competitiveness against rival communication apps such as Viber by adding a voice-calling feature. Photo: Bloomberg

WhatsApp tests voice-calling feature

WhatsApp has begun testing a voice-calling feature on its popular mobile messaging app, technology portals reported this week.

The tests are being carried out on select Android users in India on an invitation-only basis, according to the reports.

The first user that reported the testing of WhatsApp’s voice calling feature in India posted about it on the popular online forum Reddit, stating that he had the feature activated on his Nexus 5 device, Tech Times noted.

On Reddit, users posted several screenshots showing a new tab for Calls alongside the tabs of Chats and Contacts.

WhatsApp, which has around 700 million monthly active users worldwide, has continuously been developing and launching new features to its service.

Last month, the company launched WhatsApp Web, which allows users to use the firm’s services through desktop computers.

With the planned latest voice calling feature, WhatsApp will boost its competitiveness against rival communication apps such as Viber and Hike, the report noted.

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