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

12 January, 2018, 13:46 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • WhatsApp calls are currently only available in one-on-one conversations but might be available to group chats in the near future

Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp, on Tuesday, added a new update to its list of features.

In an effort to encourage its users to make video calls instead of voice calls, WhatsApp has tweaked its calling feature to include an in call switch button. However, if the users want to switch from voice call to video call, they have to disconnect the ongoing voice call and then make a video call. Tapping on this button will send a request to the recipient, asking if he wants to "convert" the current voice call in a video call.

The new feature was spotted by WABetaInfo, which says it is now only available to people who have signed up to the beta version of WhatsApp. This new feature would be possible through a code that enables WhatsApp to link with third-party apps.

However, you might be anxious right now to say what if someone just switches to a video call during your voice call and you're in the wrong environment? The latest updated version of this update is 2.18.2 which brings mainly hidden features to the app.

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon stepping down from Breitbart news
Michael Wolff appeared Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss " Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House ". Later Tuesday, Bannon tweeted that Breitbart "has come along way and has really just begun its mission".

This feature not only lets users quickly switch from voice to video calls, but lets them quickly switch from video to voice calls as well.

The report suggests that a new button pops up on the screen while in a voice call. Pressing that button will send a pop-up to the person on the other side saying that you're requesting a video call. One of the ways would be to hang up and call again, this time using video call. On the other hand, it is unclear if iOS users will get the feature or not. So switching between video and voice calls will take no time at all. Currently, this feature is hidden and under the internal testing by developers.

You can sign up to it here, in order to try them out before they officially launch.



Woman returns 'dead' Christmas tree to Costco in January for full refund
The unimpressed shopper behind her took a photo of her with the large (and yes, dead) tree next to her in the queue at Costco . A furious woman in California created a commotion at a popular wholesale outlet as she came to return her Christmas tree.

After Zuma, SpaceX keeps pace in preps for next Falcon 9 launch
According to Wired Magazine, Northrop Grumman supplied the adapter fitting connecting the Zuma payload with the Falcon 9 rocket. That will be followed by a January 18 night launch from the Cape of an Atlas V rocket and USA missile warning satellite.

Tesco shares plunge despite Christmas sales growth
But that was below the 2.8pc increase that had been expected by analysts, and sent Tesco's shares tumbling by more than 4pc. United Kingdom supermarket Tesco ( TSCO ) reveals strong third quarter performance, but fails to hit market expectations.

Trump suggests surveillance law could have been used to 'abuse' his campaign
The president appeared to both criticize and back the legislation, which the House reauthorized by a vote of 256-164 Thursday. On Wednesday's broadcast of " Late Night ", the comedian used a spoof press conference to grill White House press secretary.

Sea of Thieves closed beta sets sail January 24-28
Rare has finally confirmed that the Closed Beta for Sea of Thieves is happening at the end of the month. Once you've done that, the beta will then likewise appear in your library the day before it starts.

Loveland-area weather: Mostly cloudy; high in mid-50s
Towards the end of the week temperatures moderate as moisture levels increase with some rain showers late Thursday or Friday . Patchy blowing snow before 1 p.m. "It depends on how quick the transition is", from drizzle to snow, Temeyer said.

Australia's green turtle may become extinct
Climate change is being blamed since the sex of the sea turtle is determined by the heat of the sand where they lay their eggs. If the temperature gets above a certain point, the baby sea turtle will be female.

Obama gives dancing tips in first clip of Letterman's new show
The setting is relaxed and informal - think "Inside the Actors Studio" as opposed to " Late Show with David Letterman ". The former president then reveals to Letterman the key to dancing as a parent, which he calls "staying in the pocket".

Powerful Earthquake in Caribbean Prompts Tsunami Warnings
For instance, the 2010 quake that caused major damage in Haiti was a lesser magnitude of 7.0. Tsunami warnings were put into effect after the quake struck, but were ultimately canceled.

Ritz Paris robbery: Jewellery worth millions seized in armed heist
Speaking to Sky News , a witness said they heard gunfire and recalled seeing a man wearing a ski mask and carrying an axe. No one was injured in the raid on the opulent hotel, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris , police have confirmed.