WhatsApp becomes the most popular video call platform

WhatsApp's 1.2 billion users are spending more than 340 million minutes a day making more than 55 million video calls


Tech Desk May 09, 2017
The video call icon will now appear right next to the voice calling menu within chats for Android users. PHOTO COURTESY: WhatsApp

It was only in November last year that popular messaging service WhatsApp had rolled out its video call feature. Though the Facebook-owned company was late to arrive to the party, just six months after the release of its feature, it has become the most popular platform for video calling.

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WhatsApp's 1.2 billion users are spending more than 340 million minutes a day making more than 55 million video calls, the company announced. To mark the milestone, WhatsApp is now rolling out an update to make the video call more accessible.

The video call icon will now appear right next to the voice calling menu within chats for Android users.

Photo courtesy: WhatsApp

WhatsApp is quite popular in developing countries where not everyone has access to high-end phones or stable LTE connections. The company emphasised on making the video feature available to such users and that accounted for the delay in its final release.

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It seems the investment in optimising for slower connections and low-end devices payed off as WhatsApp's 1.2 billion users are now actively using the feature.

 

This article originally appeared on Mashable.

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