Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

WhatsApp brings quick switch to video call in the latest beta update

WhatsApp brings quick switch to video call in the latest beta update

In 2016, WhatsApp added video call functionality to their app but there was no update to that option until now. This new feature is now available on Android devices with Android 6.0 and above. On clicking the convert (video to voice or vice versa) button during the call, WhatsApp will send a request to the recipient asking if he/she wants to switch the current voice call to video call.

WhatsApp has made a subtle change that will encourage users to make video calls instead of voice calls. One of the ways would be to hang up and call again, this time using video call.

WhatsApp brings quick switch to video call in the latest beta update
WhatsApp brings quick switch to video call in the latest beta update

Last year, WhatsApp launched some new features like Facebook stickers, a new layout for GIFs option, and an option to manage groups by removing members from the group.

Although the calling features, both voice and video, are now only available for one-to-one conversation, WhatsApp is reportedly working on an update that would allow even group conversations to access this feature. It can now be done by taping a single button in the in-call UI. If you're on the latest WhatsApp beta version, you can find a quick switch button on the calling screen. So it consume a lot of time of the users. The same procedure applies in switching between a video call to voice call.

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Well, while that sounds cool, there is one more step involved. This feature first spotted by WABetaInfo and it looks like the messaging app is the only testing feature and collecting feedback from beta users to make the feature work better.

The beta version gives every user an access to all new features ahead of public rollout. This essentially means, users will soon be able to post Instagram Stories directly as WhatsApp Stories.

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WhatsApp has been adding new features to improve the user-experience of its social messenger service.

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