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WhatsApp for Android now offers video calling

After extensive testing, the developers of the WhatsApp messenger are starting to gradually enable the video calling feature on Android devices.

Temporarily, the ability to make video calls is available to a very limited circle of users. Support for video calls is included in the latest beta version of the WhatsApp 2.16.318 application, but only to a limited number of users, and as the Android Police edition notes, new functionality can be obtained by downloading the APK file of the beta version of the application from the company’s official website.

When trying to make a call via WhatsApp, users see two options – voice call and video call. But in order for a video call to take place, the called contact must also have a version of the application with the video call function installed, otherwise the messenger will issue an error notification.

The official WhatsApp blog has not yet said anything about the new video calling feature. However, it’s worth recalling that the WhatsApp developers already tested the video calling feature in May 2016. The Video Call feature was available in the 2.16.80 beta for Android, which could be downloaded from the Google Play store with tester status.

The closest competitor Viber has long been providing its users on Android and iOS with the opportunity to communicate using video calls, and in the summer of 2016, a few fans of smartphones on Windows 10 also got this opportunity, then Viber was updated to version 6.1, and the most important innovation of the software product was the support for video calls.

With the advent of video calls, WhatsApp has become a competitor to other messengers that support a similar function – Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo.

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