WhatsApp to implement voice call in web/desktop

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WhatsApp is always pushing its competitors to the edge by adding new features—and that explains the reason why it keeps getting better and bigger in terms of user-base. Voice calls, video calls, end-to-end encryption, picture-in-picture mode, and many more—the chat app is top of the chart. Reliable tech blogger that has called a lot of features right even ahead of release reports that WhatsApp is working on voice call for its web/desktop client.

According to WABetaInfo, is making the implementation of voice call on desktop/web as a priority ahead of other improvements being made on the app. When activated, you will be able to make voice call via your desktop or WhatsApp web. An option to make call from the main menu will be added, and no longer will you be restricted to using the mobile app for having a voice conversation with your friends.

Video call, according to the report, is still at the very early stage of development, and is not visible in the screenshot. However, the voice call feature is already visible and once available, you can initiate a call with your contacts right from your desktop or web.

The option of making voice call via desktop is an interesting one as it will put the app right ahead of its rivals. WhatsApp as you already know, is one of the most popular chat apps for voice and video calls on mobile, and adding a voice feature for desktop makes it even stronger.

Early in April, WhatsApp introduced a very important feature to make its app safer to use for people, especially in groups. Users who do not want their numbers added to a group without their consent can now heave a sigh of relief. Group admin will have to seek for your permission before your number can be added to any group.

This will help to curb the alarming rate at which fake news is being spread—India in particular, where agitation for the update began. Users can now control who has permission to add them to groups—and the Facebook-owned chat app believes will “help to limit abuse.” That aside, it will also help to keep users’ phone number private, which will indeed solve one of the biggest privacy issues plaguing the app.

An invite system was also added for those who require additional protections. This will allow users to vet any incoming group invites before deciding to join. The feature has to be enabled by the user, which in my view should have arrived by default.

You can enable it by going to Settings > tap Account > Privacy > Groups, then choose one of three options regarding who can add you to a group text: “Nobody,” “My Contacts” or “Everybody.” If you choose the “Nobody” option, your approval will be needed before anyone can add to any group even when an invitation arrives. “My Contacts” as the name suggests, means only those on your contact list can invite you, and further permission may not be needed.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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