NEW DELHI: WhatsApp will launch a video name service on its app, a transfer that can assist the favored messaging platform compete with Skype, Apple’s FaceTime and the just lately launched Google Duo.
The brand new characteristic shall be rolling out to over a billion WhatsApp customers over the subsequent few days.
“This has been in the works for some time and we are happy to launch the service from India, which has our largest user base. Like voice calls, video calls will also be dynamic. Depending on the quality of the network, the video will adjust accordingly,” said Neeraj Arora, head of WhatsApp.
It added that like text and voice calling features, video calls will also be end-to-end encrypted to ensure the security and privacy of its users.
“With the brand new replace, customers can merely select between a voice or video name and proceed the decision,” he mentioned.
Arora gave no estimate of the amount of video calls WhatsApp expects to facilitate within the coming days.
In June, WhatsApp introduced that its platform noticed greater than 100 million voice calls every single day.
“According to the user base, India is one of the most active voice calling countries for us,” he added.
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has almost become the default messaging app for people in countries like India and Brazil.
It competes with Hike, Viber and Line in India, which has 160 million WhatsApp users.
With the video call feature, it will now compete directly with popular video calling apps such as Microsoft’s Skype and Apple’s FaceTime.
Earlier this year, tech giant Google launched Allo (messaging app) and Duo (video calling app) to tap into the booming communications app market.
Asked how the company will differentiate WhatsApp’s offerings from Facebook’s Messenger app, Arora said the use cases for the two apps are different.
“Whereas Fb connects you to folks in your pals record, WhatsApp permits you to speak to the contact record in your cellphone. There are a variety of new issues Messenger are engaged on like bots. Now we have our personal choices” , did he declare.
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