Yesterday WhatsApp announced on their blog that in the coming days they will be launching Video Calling to its 1 Billion users, so there is a high probability that if you are reading this you are a WhatsApp user!
So what do you need to know?
Users of Android, iPhones and Windows will all be able to make video calls, like competitors in this area Skype, Apple, Google, WhatsApp agree that sometimes voice or text is just not enough!
They said in their post that
"There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. 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."
This is likely to be a no frills video calling, without filters etc that some are able to offer but looking at the quote above WhatsApp are hoping to bring video calling to the masses. For me one benefit this will bring is for those of you with an iPhone but with friends on android or windows, texting or group chats has been very easy thanks to WhatsApp and widely used, but video calling has always been slightly more tricky..... not any more!
It is also worth noting that with end to end encryption this will make a very secure way of video calling!!