The latest WhatsApp beta app brings the video calling feature to its users. This feature is available in Android beta versions starting from v2.16.316.
WhatsApp Android Beta Gets Video Calling Feature
There are no new icons to access the new feature, the video calling can be accessed from the calls tab. Users will have to tap on the dialler icon next to the search icon. A new option will pop to either make a WhatsApp voice call or video call. This feature will only work if both the caller and recipient is part of the Android beta testing program.
If the recipient is still using an old version of the app (or is not part of the beta testing program) will get a prompt saying “Couldn’t place call” followed by text, “Couldn’t place call. Recipient [name of contact being called] needs to update WhatsApp to receive video calls.”
This new video calling feature seems to be working very well in most networks. For now, some users see the profile picture while making the call, while others see their own live front camera feed when making or receiving a call.
WhatsApp has been planning to rollout the video calling feature for some time now. There is no work from the company regarding the availability of this feature for everyone.