WhatsApp developing voice and video call feature for desktop version

A feature to make voice and video calls through WhatsApp Web is currently in development. — AFP

WhatsApp is currently developing a voice and video call feature for the desktop version of the messaging platform, according to website WABetaInfo.

Based on screenshots, it seems that users will be able to access the feature via two new icons for video and voice calls on WhatsApp Web. The icons will be placed next to the current magnifying glass icon for Search Messages.

When users receive a call, a pop up window will appear for them to accept or decline. For those making the call, a smaller window will appear to indicate the status of the call.

WABetaInfo added that the voice and video call feature is also possible for group chats on WhatsApp Web.

On Twitter, one user responded to WABetaInfo’s report about the possible voice and video call feature by claiming that it has been in development since 2018, saying he is no longer surprised that it took so long for WhatsApp to implement the feature.

Others then remarked that WhatsApp does not have a great record for providing new updates or features to users faster than rival messaging platforms like Telegram.

Currently, users can only make voice and video calls through the mobile app.

WhatsApp announced back in April that its group voice and video call feature can now support eight participants, adding that the enhancement was introduced to help more people stay connected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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