Video calls are coming to WhatsApp.
The Facebook-owned mobile messaging service will support free video calling in the near future. WhatsApp’s blog indicated the new functionality would be available “in the coming days” via Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone handsets.
“There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad,” reads a WhatsApp blog post. “And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks. Over the years we’ve received many requests from our users for video calling, and we’re excited to finally offer this feature to the world.”
The new functionality builds on the voice calls and text chats WhatsApp already offers, as consumers increasingly move away from traditional landlines in favor of apps and other solutions. As of June, WhatsApp users were making 100 million calls each day.
The chat app announced back in February it had surpassed one billion monthly users, meaning approximately one in seven people across the globe are using WhatsApp each month.
Facebook officially took ownership of WhatsApp in October of 2014, but the firm has continued on as a separate entity from the social media site. Since then, Whatsapp’s membership has been growing by leaps and bounds.
Check out WhatsApp’s video below, courtesy of Mashable.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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