WhatsApp has begun rolling out video calling, with the Facebook–owned messaging app now allowing users on iOS, Android and Windows to make face–to–face calls.
Android phone owners have been able to try out video calling on WhatsApp since October, provided they signed up to special beta trial programme.
However, the proper launch of the service means all users across all smartphone operating systems can make video calls within the messaging app.
To try it out, simply open WhatsApp, tap the phone icon and select ‘video call’. You can then speak with any of your contacts and see them while you chat.
The rollout is staggered, so it may take a few days for video calling to show up in your version of WhatsApp.
In an official announcement, WhatsApp took aim at Apple’s FaceTime and Google’s Duo saying it wanted to, “...make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks.”
FaceTime and Duo only work on Apple devices and the latest versions
of Android respectively.