The popular messaging app will also make it easier to switch between chats.
WhatsApp’s entry into the voice calling market was unsurprising, as after taking over the messaging scene around the world, getting into voice calls was a natural step. Now, the Facebook-owned chat service is gearing up to introduce video calling to its iOS client.
Video calls on WhatsApp will work like they do on any other client, with the option of using the front and back cameras for the video feed, moving the user’s video feed around the screen, and muting the microphone. Calls will work over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and the feature will reportedly be included in version 184.108.40.206 of the app. The current version on the iOS App Store is 2.12.12, so the update that introduces video calls shouldn’t be far away.
The update will also bring tabbed chats to the app. WhatsApp currently requires users to head to the chats list to switch between various chats, a step that tabbed chats will remove (while possibly increasing the steps needed to access the calls and contacts screens.) The interface will also be given an overhaul; there’s no word on the aforementioned features coming to Android, but it’s extremely likely WhatsApp will be updated across both popular platforms one after the other.