WhatsApp’s highly anticipated free voice calling capability looks to be ready for the masses, but the company isn’t making it available just yet. However, a report has surfaced stating that the new feature has started rolling out to a few users which means that a full release could be just days away.
Additionally, the fact that only a handful of people are seeing voice calling support on their WhatsApp application suggests that the company could just be testing the new feature. Nevertheless, this would also indicated that the final release isn’t far. GSMArena is reporting that the news of the update showed up on Reddit.
The images you see above are of the new WhatsApp application and were posted with the tread, but have been removed for unknown reasons. As you can see the interface has changed quite a bit. Instead of just seeing chats when you run the app, you’ll now be treated to three tabs, one for conversations, a second for voice calling and a third for contacts.
The dedicated VoIP interface lets you initiate a free call through a ‘new call’ button and as you’d expect, you’ll only be able to buzz contacts with WhatsApp installed. The third screenshot details what the in-call UI looks like and it isn’t much different from the stock dialer. We still don’t know whether you’ll be allowed to place calls directly via the contacts app, just like there’s an option to send messages.
Based on reports, the new voice calling feature is available in WhatsApp version 2.11.508. This release is yet to be made available on the Play Store. We could see it rollout to everyone in the coming days for Android, iOS and Windows Phone users. There’s no word on whether it’ll be supported on the web client.