Users using messaging platform WhatsApp on a bigger screen are soon going to get the option of making voice calls. The voice calling feature is being rolled out for select WhatsApp web users. In October 2020, the company had said that the video and voice calling feature would also be available for web and desktop users. Soon the company can roll out this feature for all WhatsApp web users.
The messaging app started testing video and voice calling features for desktop users last year. The video and voice call buttons were visible in the screenshots that surfaced earlier and 'BETA' was written on them. With the new feature, a separate small pop-up box appears when a call is received or when someone is calling, from where users can receive or cut the call.
The users who are getting the new calling feature in the web version of WhatsApp include both beta and non-beta users. The company can roll out this option for everyone in several phases. By offering voice and video calling features on a bigger screen, WhatsApp can compete with other video calling and conferencing services. On the big screen, WhatsApp can also become an alternative to services like Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
WhatsApp is testing another feature in the beta version of its desktop app, with which voice messages can be recorded in pieces. Desktop users already have the option to listen to an audio message before sending it, but will now be able to pause the recording while recording audio and record the rest of the audio later. Such a feature is also available in the iOS app and will be rolled out on the Android app later.