WhatsApp starts rolling out voice calling feature

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A few weeks ago, WhatsApp began rolling out calling through their app to a few users. No one really knew how to get it activated on their phone and keeping it activated. This meant that initial testers were able to extend it to their friends who further helped other WhatsApp users join the club. However, this invite system is not working for all users. It appears that today, WhatsApp has begun rolling out calling to everyone now. WhatsApp has flipped a few switches to get it going today, as there’s no new update here, and it works on version 2.11.528.

According to Android Police, a friend with WhatsApp Calling enabled has to call you to get it to trigger. As that’s how they got the functionality enabled. While it may be annoying, but it is a good way to have a slow rollout and make sure this feature doesn’t kill their servers.

WhatsApp has calls in its dedicated tab now. So you have Calls, Chats, and Contacts. So you are able to see your call log, your chats with various contacts, and then your contacts on WhatsApp. All from that “home screen”. Which is definitely nice to have. If you tap on the contacts picture, you’ll get a bigger picture along with the option to call chat, or view their information. Kinda similar to the Contacts app in Android.

The update seems to get activated when a user with voice calling capability calls his WhatsApp contacts. Once the update is activated, the user interface also changes to feature a separate voice calling screen. A phone icon also appears next to the WhatsApp contacts, and you can also see the call logs of your device.

WhatsApp hasn’t officially announced the roll-out but with the number of devices supporting the feature, we can anticipate an announcement any time soon.

With this offering, Facebook owned WhatsApp will also direct an assault at voice calling apps like Viber, WeChat and others. You can even expect a backlash from the phone companies in the form of increased data pack costs. But no matter what, the 700 Million WhatsApp users are going to get a reason to celebrate real soon.

Calling through WhatsApp uses Wi-Fi or 3G/4G to make calls. It appears that you are not able to make calls to your WhatsApp contacts from the phone app on your phone. You’ll have to exit the app to do that, unfortunately. Which probably isn’t a big deal, but if you’re in an area with slow internet, you may want to use their voice network. Hopefully WhatsApp will add the ability to switch between voice and VoIP in the future for their calls. But it is nice to see this feature finally rolling out

While calling feature is available with WhatsApp Version 2.11.528, it is buggy. For the better experience, use the Version 2.11.531, which is available directly from WhatsApp website.

SOURCE: Android Police

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Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 in India

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Thrusday 27th March 2014 – New Delhi

Samsung on Thursday announced its plans for India launch of Galaxy S5, the company’s flagship Android phone. Samsung said the price of Galaxy S5 will be between Rs 51,000 and Rs 53,000. It will be available in the market from April 11, though consumers can already pre-order it through the Samsung India online store or select retailers in eight cities by paying Rs 1500.

Samsung said that more information on pre-ordering of Galaxy S5 will be made available to consumers through Galaxy 5 advertisements which will start appearing soon.

In India, the Galaxy S5 will be available in four colours – black, white, blue and gold.

“The Galaxy S5 is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the Galaxy S5 has been created to maximize consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability and an iconic design,” said Vineet Taneja, country head, IT & mobile division at Samsung India.

Galaxy S5 is a high-end phone and as such packs in the premium hardware. Its Exynos processor runs four high-performance cores at 1.9GHz while the low-power cores run at 1.3GHz. The device has 16/32GB internal storage with support for an up to 64GB microSD card. The phone has a 5.1-inch SuperAMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16MP primary camera, 2MP front camera and 2GB RAM. It is powered by Android 4.4.2, which is the latest version of the OS. The device has a 2800mAh battery.

The three key features in Galaxy S5 are finger-print scanner, a heart-rate sensor and the new body that is water and dust proof. In the market, Galaxy S5 will go against the next generation of top end smartphones from Sony, LG, HTC and Apple. HTC has announced HTC One M8, which is likely to launch in April in India. LG will come out with G3 in the coming months while Sony will launch Xperia Z2.

To know more visit Samsung S5 Home page.

Article Courtsey : – TOI

How to skip the waiting list and begin using BBM on iOS and Android now

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If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt aware that Blackberry has released BBM for iOS and Android today. You’re also likely aware of the pesky waiting list Blackberry has installed that have people waiting with bated breath for an invitation…

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