WhatsApp activates voice-calling for Android users in a controlled manner


The voice-calling feature with WhatsApp can be activated by receiving a call from someone whose WhatsApp messenger is updated and voice-calling is already been activated.

After running the calling application in beta for quite some time, WhatsApp has finally activates the voice-calling feature for all Android users (iPhone and other platforms might have to wait a little longer).

In order to start utilizing this over the top application for calling, a user will need to download version 2.11.528 from the Play Store or version 2.11.531 from the WhatsApp website.

This voice-calling feature can only be activated when a user receives a voice call from someone whose voice-calling is already activated. Once you get the call, you need to close and then reopen the app. And once you have received a WhatsApp call, instead of seeing the most recent chats, you will get three tabs namely ‘Calls, Chats and Contacts’. The call tab shows incoming, outgoing and missed calls at the precise times.

Additionally, it is important to note that some time back WhatApp released its calling feature but kept the ‘invite window time’ limited only to a few hours. This time it is not in a mood to do so again.

WhatsApp has been beta-testing its voice-calling activation for quite sometime now and had also tested it in India before. It would now be an interesting proposition for the telecom operators to respond to this, while they struggle to drive revenue from new age data applications, over the air applications such as WhatsApp are seen as eating on their pie.