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WhatsApp to launch video calls, coming to Android, IOS and Windows Phone

Created on Friday 2nd December, 2016.

WhatsApp is already one of the most popular apps for communicating but now they are looking to compete with services like FaceTime and Skype in a major move forward. The App has now officially launched video calling will be rolling out this service to one billion users worldwide across iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

WhatsApp have always had strong data security standards and this new feature is without exception with the video calling being fully encrypted which will protect the call from being listened to.

“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough.” The company said. “There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take their first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face whilst she’s studying abroad.”

WhatsApp adopted end to end encryption earlier this year, this means that it is technically impossible for the company or government authorities to read messages or listen to calls. The new video service will give their users another means to communicate without the fear of eavesdropping although WhatsApp does retain some data such as individual’s contact lists.

In a recent interview the WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum said that video call will be rolled out across 180 countries within hours after the feature is introduced at an event in India. “We obviously try to be in tune with what our users want,” Mr Koum said at the company’s unmarked Mountain View, California headquarters building. “We’re obsessed with making sure that voice and video work well even on low-end phones.”

WhatsApp who have operated with some autonomy since Facebook bought them in 2014 which has had a massive benefit of allowing WhatsApp to use the Facebook services and bandwidth around the work for both voice and now video. It does come at a cost, after an early promise that data wouldn’t be shared between Facebook and WhatsApp, it now is after WhatsApp changed their privacy statement which means that Facebook now knows who of their users are WhatsApp users and their phone number.

Mr Koum doesn’t see this as a concern, saying “In terms of security and privacy, what people care about the most is the privacy of their messages.”

With the new service, users can move around the thumbnail video showing what their correspondent sees and flick a video call in progress to the side to minimize it while checking texts or emails. It will be great to see what their users think what it is in circulation.