WhatsApp started testing calls in web and desktop versions

WhatsApp started testing calls in web and desktop versions


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Anna Savelieva | 12/18/2020

WhatsApp started testing calls in web and desktop versions

The function of voice and video calls is currently available in the beta version of the messenger on both Android and Mac. According to the report, the company has been working on the update for about two years.

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This function has existed in a mobile application for several years, but until recently it was impossible to call a contact from a laptop or PC. On New Year’s Eve, the company added to the beta version in
the top chat bar has new icons that start a call, after which it is displayed in a separate pop-up window. It is in it that the user sees the connection parameters, and can also control
microphone and camera.

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To accept the call, the application displays a new window in the same way.

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The developers have not yet disclosed the exact release dates for the beta, but users expect that the update will appear for everyone in the next few weeks. The company also assured that at present
While the Desktop version has a higher priority, which means that the feature will soon become public.

Throughout this year, WhatsApp remains the most popular messenger in Russia. According to the results of the Deloitte survey, conducted in the fall of 2020, 88% of respondents from
1600 people living in 8 regions of the country. The usage index (the ratio of the number of installations to active users) is 84%, which is 10% more compared to 2019.

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