We take a look at WhatsApp's latest development in the form of video calling. 2016 has sure been a busy year for the app brand.
WhatsApp has had quite a year so far.
A Look Back At 2016
In May 2016, the company officially unveiled its desktop app, which allows you to send and receive WhatsApp messages via your Mac or PC.In June, the company announced that over one million WhatsApp calls were being placed globally. That amounts to more than 1 100 calls a second!August was the month of controversy at WhatsApp. This, thanks to its announcement that it would be sharing more information with parent company Facebook.Since then, it seems that WhatsApp has been focusing on the more fun aspect of communication.
Early in October, the company announced new camera features, which might seem remarkably familiar if you're a Snapchat user. This includes the ability to draw or write on pictures, as well as add emojis.When you take a new photo or video, or when you share one that's already on your phone, you'll automatically see the new editing tools.The WhatsApp camera feature now supports the front-facing flash so you can take the perfect selfie. In low-light, and at night, this will brighten up your screen and improve the quality of your photo. They've also added a convenient zooming feature for recording videos. Just slide your finger up and down to zoom in and out. And, to quickly switch between front and rear facing cameras, double tap on the screen.
The company has also been working on its calling functionality and now has video calling available to Android users. Recently, Google rolled out Duo, it's own video calling app. This has, however, failed to gain much traction in South Africa because, let's be honest, no-one wants to download and install yet another app onto their cellphones and then persuade their friends to switch over to it.WhatsApp, which is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the country, makes video calling easy thanks to its entrenched user base.Making a video call is as easy as tapping on the phone icon in the WhatsApp app and then selecting between "Voice Call" or "Video Call".The new Video Call feature currently only appears in the beta version of the WhatsApp app for Android.