Latest WhatsApp beta now lets you switch between voice and video calls

Latest WhatsApp beta now lets you switch between voice and video calls

Latest WhatsApp beta now lets you switch between voice and video calls

The messenger app has released a beta update that introduces a new video call switch button.

The feature is now available for Android users on WhatsApp beta latest version - which is 2.18.4 and newer. The new Audio preview feature will let WhatsApp users listen to a preview of their voice recording before sending it out to the recipient. WhatsApp will automatically switch from voice to video, once the request is accepted.

If the offer is accepted, the call will be switched. Apart from these, the instant messaging application is set to add various new features that will make WhatsApp more fun to use.

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The video calling option button is only available during one-to-one voice calls and won't work for group calls, though we'd suspect that over time such a feature could make it into WhatsApp, especially as smartphone screen sizes are big enough to support split screens. It can now be done by taping a single button in the in-call UI.

To maximize privacy in this feature, the developers have ensured that just because you click on the button will not immediately activate the video call.

WhatsApp is now one of the largest messaging apps with almost 1.5 billion users. This consumes a lot of time, and WhatsApp - though late - has now realized that. It is not a great way to instantly switch to video when you choose to. Thereafter, the person on the other end of the line will receive a notification which will prompt them to either accept or reject the video call request. But then again, if you live in Zimbabwe for example where network can be an issue, it might then take you forever to reconnect and at that point the flow of the conversation would have been disrupted. Currently, the feature is only available for Android users and it is expected that the feature will be available soon for all iOS users as well.

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