If you’re looking for something to spice up your WhatsApp conversation, then you’re in luck. Starting on Tuesday, WhatsApp, the celebrated chat app owned by Facebook, features a video call mode in addition to voice and text.
Moreover, according to Facebook’s statements, you will now be able to stay in touch with your friends and family remembers, regarding of operating system. The video call version is available on handheld devices running iOS, Android, and Windows.
It would seem that by introducing the video call feature, WhatsApp might overtake Apple’s FaceTime and Google’s Duo, both voice/video/text chat applications.
So, in order to access the video call, you’ll need to upgrade your application. If you’re an Android owner, just head over to Google’s Play Store and hit the “Update” button. The same thing applies to iOS users. On the other hand, if you’re running Microsoft’s Windows OS, the option should already be available.
You need only to initiate a conversation and to hit the camera icon located in the upper-right corner of your device’s screen. In addition, if you want to talk to more people at the same time, you can initiate a conference mode.
Basically, it’s just like using Skype or Facebook’s messenger. Now, in order to run the video call feature, you need to make sure that your handheld device meets the minimum requirements.
According to the developers, iOS owners must have the 8.0 version or newer, while Android owner must run the 4.1 version or newer. As for Windows Phone owners, the developers stated that the feature would run on devices running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
The new video call feature will impact over a billion WhatsApp users, across more than 180 countries.
Security-wise, it would seem that the developers managed to get things right on the first try. Sources from inside Facebook stated that all conversations are now encrypted, by default, using the end-to-end encryption protocol.
This means that only you and your chat buddy will be the only ones who know the content of the conversation. In addition, all your chat time will be encrypted on WhatsApp’s server.
According to various online security specialists, the end-to-end encryption is one the best safeguards out there, not only guarding a person’s privacy from hackers but even from Government agencies.
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