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WhatsApp rolls out video-calling feature beta version

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 16 May 2016, 15:48 IST

Instant-messenger WhatsApp's video-calling feature is now available on a beta version for Android-based smartphones.

The APK file version (v2.16.80) is available for download from APK Mirror. The same file is also available on Google Play's beta testing version. The new app has a call icon that gives two options after first tap - audio and video. However, the feature is still unavailable.

The message appears on the screen when we tried to make a call says, "Video calling is unavailable at this time."

The video chat feature is already available on Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, and Viber apps in India. However, Skype remains the most popular platform for the video calling or conferencing.

The Facebook-owned company already has around 100 crore monthly active users. With latest end-to-end encryption, the instant messenger is likely to continue the security feature for its video calling users as well. The main task will be managing the video call on the low-speed internet in towns and small cities of the country.

First published: 16 May 2016, 15:48 IST