WHATSAPP Video Call Supports BLACKBERRY.
Just after WhatsApp extended support date for Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 Phones, the group has also released it’s latest “Video Calling” feature to support the Device.
Since the release of statement by WhatsApp to end support for blackberry, the phone price dropped in the “second-hand” and “fairly-used” market.
WhatsApp video calling feature has finally been made official and it is open to everybody no matter the device you are using and what part of the world you are.
At the time WhatsApp was quietly testing the Video calling features, some misconstrued that fact as the full roll out of the feature to WhatsApp users.
Announcing the welcome news on the WhatsApp blog, the messaging service said that they are introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough.
Excerpts from the Announcement below:
“There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks.”
This is quite a turnaround for WhatsApp because about six months ago, users were left sorely disappointed after an update to the app did no
include the video calling feature.
Using the video calling feature in WhatsApp is quite easy. Though for now there is no dedicated video calling icon.
HOW TO MAKE A WHATSAPP VIDEO CALL
To initiate a video call, all a user has to do is tap the call icon at the top of a WhatsApp conversation. Just like you want to start a normal call.
Instead of calling the recipient as it used to be before, a popup would appear asking the user to choose if they want to start a normal call or video call with the person they are chatting with.
Tapping the video call would place a video call.
During the video call, a user can decide to use the primary camera or the front facing camera. This is cool for a situation where the front
camera is not very sharp or you want to show somebody an image using the back camera.
One can also mute the call if they don’t want to hear sounds without actually ending the call. Ending the call requires only the tapping of
the red button on the screen.
Like already stated earlier, WhatsApp officially joined the video calling service rather late, at least when compared to other services like Viber, Apple’s FaceTime and of course Skype, which is the industry standard for which other services measure their progress.
One comparative advantage WhatsApp has over all other video calling apps is the number of users using the platform. As messaging platform, WhatsApp is far and away the most popular messaging app with over 1 billion users.
So for WhatsApp, they would be starting at the top because even if only 50% of WhatsApp users start using the video calling service, they’d already be the biggest app offering the service. Even bigger than Skype.
In the months leading up to this feature, WhatsApp introduced several new feature or updates to the app including end-to-end encryption to make chats safer and group chatting feature.
Though the WhatsApp video calling is welcome, the downside for users in countries like Nigeria still remains the cost of data and of course
the strength of internet connectivity.