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WhatsApp Introduces Video Calling Feature

Facebook-owned chat service WhatsApp is officially launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Since May, the messaging app has been prototyping beta video launches and developing cross-platform support that will work on all Apple, Android and Windows phone devices.

This feature will give WhatsApp an edge over competing services such as FaceTime, which isn’t compatible with non-Apple devices, and Google Duo.

To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an overlaid interstitial asking if you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with. To kick off the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this screen.

The video calling rollout is scheduled to reach the entire WhatApp user base in the next couple of days.

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