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WhatsApp has introduced free video calling

WhatsApp has introduced free video calling

WhatsApp introduced free video calling

WhatsApp has introduced free video calling

 
WhatsApp has introduced free video calling to their online messaging platform, which will be introduced to Android, iOS and Windows phones over the next few days. 
 
This announcement will bring video calling for free to online devices, providing mobile users with an alternative to Skype and FaceTime which will be available on all major mobile platforms. All users will need to pay for is data, which will be effectively free if your device is connected to WiFi. 
 
In many users, WhatsApp has effectively replaced texting, allowing its users to sent messages, pictures, audio messages and allowing voice calls with ease. Now with the addition of video calling WhatsApp has become competitive with Apple's FaceTime and is coming dangerously close to filling Skype's Niche if this functionality is added to WhatsApp's desktop application. 

  

      Today we’re excited to announce the next step in our efforts to connect people – WhatsApp video calling. In the coming days, WhatsApp's more than one billion users can make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices

 

 

Right now WhatsApp is used by over 160 Million people in India and is widely used all over the world, with video calls being the most requested feature for the platform to date. All data on the app is also secured through 256-bit end-to-end encryption, ensuring that no third parties are spying on your communications. 

WhatsApp has stated that they want to make video calling "available to everyone", not just those with expensive phones or have access to the fastest cellular networks, which means that WhatsApp video calls are designed to use minimal amounts of data and will dynamically optimise video quality based on your phone's connection strength. 

 

You can join the discussion on WhatsApp's Video Calling feature on the OC3D Forums

 

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15-11-2016, 11:51:16

SuB
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This announcement will bring voice calling for free to online devices, providing mobile users with an alternative to Skype and FaceTime which will be available on all major mobile platforms. All users will need to pay for is data, which will be effectively free if your device is connected to WiFi.
Video*

It's already got voice calling

Quote:
WhatsApp has stated that they want to make video calling available to everyone", not just those with expensive phones or have access to the fastest cellular networks, which means that WhatsApp video calls are designed to use minimal amounts of data and will dynamically optimise video quality based on your phone's connection strength.
Random quote tag?

Also doesn't *every* video calling app already do this? Hangouts does, Duo does, and so does skype.

I love that they're doing it, it's about time, but they needn't be selling it as something 'new and innovative' because it's not. If they can hook it up with desktop, it'l be the app to beat for all messaging.Quote

15-11-2016, 12:09:08

WYP
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Originally Posted by SuB View Post
Video*

It's already got voice calling



Random quote tag?

Also doesn't *every* video calling app already do this? Hangouts does, Duo does, and so does skype.

I love that they're doing it, it's about time, but they needn't be selling it as something 'new and innovative' because it's not. If they can hook it up with desktop, it'l be the app to beat for all messaging.
Typos have been fixed.

I do agree that it is a necessary addition, but I hope that some of these functions can work on the desktop app in the future. It will pretty much replace skype for me if they do that.Quote

15-11-2016, 16:48:23

NeverBackDown
Just wondering, but since everything is encrypted with 256bit, wouldn't that mean data usage would be higher than an unencrypted version? Or is it minimal difference so the added security is worth it?Quote

16-11-2016, 05:33:52

SuB
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Just wondering, but since everything is encrypted with 256bit, wouldn't that mean data usage would be higher than an unencrypted version? Or is it minimal difference so the added security is worth it?
Non-discernable difference tbh. And even then, definitely worthit.Quote

16-11-2016, 05:58:59

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Just wondering, but since everything is encrypted with 256bit, wouldn't that mean data usage would be higher than an unencrypted version? Or is it minimal difference so the added security is worth it?
AES encryption doesn't increase the size of the data, it only pads by a few a bytes to fill the block/alignment requirements. You can still compress the data before encrypting.Quote
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