Facebook-owned WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet is rolling out its much awaited ‘video calling’ feature. The feature, in its beta version, is being tested by users who are members of Android’s beta programme.
Video calls are becoming available seemingly at random. You won’t need an app update as long as you’re on one of the recent beta versions (people are reporting success on a few builds). If the person on the other end doesn’t have video calling enabled yet they’ll just get a voice call. You’ll still be able to see the video calling UI, though. The call log shows that as a video call, but tapping the video button just pulls up an error message (below).
Anyone willing to check out the video calling feature may sign-up for the beta testing programme and test the new video calling feature. However, according to an article on Android Police, many users on the beta version were unable to try the feature. The same article suggests clearing the app data and re-logging in to WhatsApp (backup is recommended before wiping out data).
WhatsApp rolled out the audio calling feature last year and has been planning the video calling feature for quite some time now. The video calling feature was also spotted in the beta version for testing in May this year but was taken off before being made available for a larger audience.