Great news for WhatsApp users as the company will soon fulfill its promise to bring yet another cool feature to make people stay connected no matter where they are in the world ?? the voice calling feature.
Leaksters reported that just recently they have spotted what seems to be the sign of the upcoming voice calling feature. They revealed that in addition to basic messaging capability of WhatsApp, it will soon give its users the power to enjoy the ?Incoming call?, ?Outgoing call? and even the ?Hang up? features of the ?upgraded? application.
It could be remembered that during the Mobile World Congress held last February in Barcelona, WhatsApp CEO and founder Jan Koum said, ?We?re adding voice to WhatsApp so people can stay in touch with friends and loved ones no matter where they are in the world.?
The upcoming voice calling feature will at first be available to Android and iOS devices, then to BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
?We use the least amount of bandwidth out there, and have optimized the hell out of it. We?ve made sure the quality is there though, just like the messaging functions of WhatsApp. We?re focusing on simplicity,? Koum said expounding on their goal to make voice calling just as speedy and efficient as the text messaging service of WhatsApp.
FACEBOOK + WHATSAPP = MORE CONNECTIVITY TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
About two (2) months ago, Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares.
WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app, allows a user to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.
With over 450 million people using the service each month and 70% of those people active on a given day, Facebook said it?s sharing the ?mission to bring more connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core internet services efficiently and affordably.?
?WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,? said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO in the official news release of the company. ?I?ve known Jan for a long time and I?m excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected.?
Moreover, Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO, said, ?WhatsApp?s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We?re excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world.?
The acquisition made WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Koum a member of Facebook Board of Directors, the WhatsApp?s brand maintained and the operation still a standalone application.
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