WhatsApp voice and video calls are now provided for some desktop users: report

WhatsApp has apparently started providing voice and video calling to select desktop users. This allows users to make WhatsApp calls right from their desktops. Previously, voice and video calls were limited to the WhatsApp app for mobile devices. However, some recent reports suggested developing WhatsApp calls for both desktop and web clients. The latest update is currently in beta and has limited availability, according to a report.

Some WhatsApp desktop client users see buttons for voice and video calls in the chat header, the WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo Reports. Some users also have tweeted about the arrival of the new update.

Although WhatsApp is preparing to provide voice and video calling to both desktop and web users, the first rollout for the messaging platform’s desktop client appears to be prioritized.

Gadgets 360 asked WhatsApp for clarity during the rollout. This report will be updated when the company replies.

References to the new rollout were published in October in the WhatsApp Web Client version 2.2043.7. It was also recently discovered that WhatsApp marked the video and voice call buttons with a “beta” tag. This could indicate that the new experience is currently in a testing phase.

Users who have received the WhatsApp calling functionality on their desktops should be able to make and receive voice and video calls through the app. Screenshots shared by WABetaInfo show that a pop-up window appears allowing you to accept or decline an incoming call on your desktop. Similarly, WhatsApp shows the status of the current call through another pop-up window.

It is important to note that while calls are being made from your desktop, your phone must still be connected to the WhatsApp desktop app to enable communication. This is exactly how you access messages through WhatsApps desktop and web clients.

However, the new addition allows you to use high definition webcams and high quality microphones to make WhatsApp calls.

WhatsApp introduced its voice calling functionality to mobile devices back in February 2015 and enabled video calling in November 2016. Both additions have made Facebook’s own messaging app a stronger competitor to Google Hangouts, Skype, and FaceTime.

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