WhatsApp messaging platform appears to be testing new audio and video calling features for its web and desktop clients. Folks at WABetaInfo have discovered the new feature rolling out to beta testers. This hints us the new feature rollout is imminent. The report implies WhatsApp has been working on this feature for over two years now, and the new feature is subsequently witnessed for some beta testers.
WhatsApp Audio/Video calling for Web and Desktop
Though the feature is still in the beta rollout, we can observe the images, which can give us an idea on how it would look like when it officially rolls out — thanks to the images from WABetaInfo. The beta testing images hint us a desktop client of the Facebook-owned messaging platform featuring new video and audio call buttons on the chat heads. The placement matches what we’re practised to so far, in the mobile version of WhatsApp.
Further, the images showcasing beta voice/video calling feature imply — a new window other than the regular desktop client application leaping out. This represents who is calling and in which sort, be it audio or video, it’s displayed under the contact name. Further, you’ll get an option to either reject or take the call. The interface here is pretty straightforward and too familiar within the mobile version of the messaging platform.
The showcased images also hint another tiny window, which could pop up when you dial a voice/video call to your contacts. It indicates that the call on the other end is ringing, again, familiar interface seen in mobile versions.
To utilise this feature, users do have to note that your respective smartphone with WhatsApp would still have to be connected to laptop/desktop, to place or receive the call.
WhatsApp Beta Calls feature for Web/Desktop rollout
The respective feature is still in beta as suggested; only a few lucky users are able to get this beta calls at the moment. It is still unclear when it would roll out to global users. Going by the recent feature rollout history from the messaging service this feature rollout also appears to be coming. For those unaware, the messaging platform recently announced — WhatsApp Payment, WhatsApp disappearing messages, and WhatsApp storage management tool features.
What do you think of this new feature rollout for beta testers? How often do you use web/desktop client? Will you be using this new feature after official rollout? Do let us know down below and stay tuned!