WhatsApp has begun rolling out support for voice and video calling on the web and desktop versions of the app. The rollout is currently staggered and is heading out to select users in beta form.
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While Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have included voice and video calling for some time, Instagram may soon follow suit after examination of Android app packages revealed a number of telling icons.
Telegram for desktop will receive a stable update in the near future that will bring voice calling functionality. It'll mean that Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux will all support calls.
Pavel Durov has hit out at Apple and Tim Cook via Twitter to criticise the company's slow review process. The update which will bring calls to the app has been under review for 10 days.
Telegram is now testing voice calls in the latest beta version of the app. Users can define in the settings who they want to allow calls from, and will be able to check whether calls are encrypted.
Amazon's Alexa may include voice calling functionality that works between its future devices. The system could function as an intercom service, enabling people to communicate over a VoIP connection.
Six months after the release of Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 PCs, voice and video calling has been added to the app, further closing the gap compared its iOS and Android counterparts.
In what could be a step towards a full blown challenge toward Skype, Slack has released new native voice calling functionality to users across both desktop and mobile - but not for Windows phones.
Nearly a month since it was revealed that iPhone users would be the next to get voice calling, the feature has begun rolling out with the latest WhatsApp update along with a few other improvements.
WhatsApp's rumoured voice calling service might just be around the corner as a few users have started getting the functionality in the app already, as part of a testing program.
WhatsApp, the super popular messaging app, looks like it's expanding its feature list once again. There's very strong evidence that voice calling will soon be supported by the app.
WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, has revealed that the company is bringing voice calling capabilities to its Android and iOS apps in the near future with Windows Phone and BlackBerry to follow later.
The Executive vice president of BBM Andrew Bocking, has announced that BBM for Android and iPhone will also get video and voice calling added "within months" but didn't offer details on when exactly.