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

So how many of our readers use WhatsApp? Are you excited about their Calling feature to finally be rolling out? Be sure to let me know in the comments down below

WhatsApp finally launches on the Web

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Many people have been waiting for it & it’s finally here – WhatsApp is now available on your desktop, but only if you’re an Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry user.

The new Web client is actually  an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone. So in order to use it, you’ll need to have an active connection on your phone, not just your computer.

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To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, simply open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. You will see a QR code — scan the code inside of WhatsApp, and you’re ready to go. WhatsApp is now paired on your phone with the WhatsApp web client. Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone.

Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. Also its advised that connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network to prevent data charges, as of web client syncs messages from the phone over web.

This service is available for Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry. Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.

So now enjoy your best messenger app on your desktop. I hope you find web client useful.

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Face a Ban! – Using WhatsApp Plus?

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WhatsApp is imposing 24-hour lock-outs on people trying to access its service via an unauthorised Android app.

The Facebook-owned messaging service said that it had acted against users of WhatsApp Plus because of concerns that the program might cause private data to be leaked to third-parties. The unofficial app offers extra ways to customise how conversations appear.Experts say Android users should be cautious about where they download apps from.

WhatsApp Goes Free in India

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HYDERABAD, NOVEMBER 5

WhatsApp will continue to offer its service for free to users in developing countries like India. Vice-president for business development Neeraj Arora stated that low debit and credit card penetration was the main reason for not collecting the $1 annual fee the service charges users in North America and Europe.

While it’s not too much to pay $1 for using something like WhatsApp which has 600 million subscribers, Neeraj Arora, Vice-President of WhatsApp, said that WhatsApp is not enforcing the fee in India as it is still not easy to pay for it due to multiple ecosystem and low penetration of payment models.

“Monetization is on the cards. It will happen over the next few years. We believe in the subscription model and not in advertising as people do not like to have ads as they converse.”

One way WhatsApp could charge users in the subcontinent is by tying up with carriers and collecting subscription charges from offline channels. WhatsApp already works with carriers in bundling data plans that do not charge users for the service, which has a user base of 70 million in the country

On cutting into the SMS business of telecom operators, he said the company has asked them to tie up with WhatsApp as they could sell more data with more and more people getting onto WhatsApp.

“They understood the point. We have tied up with five telcos in India,” he said.

WhatsApp does not have advertising tie-ups. “We believe in the subscription model and not in advertising as people do not like to have ads as they converse,” he explained.

Courtesy :  The Hindu