calling, the one big feature missing from WhatsApp's arsenal, is coming
to the popular platform soon. We've been hearing about this feature
since February, when WhatsApp CEO Jan Kuom announced that the voice
calling feature would be added to Android and iPhone first,
followed by BlackBerry, Nokia and Microsoft platforms. Now, NDTV
Gadgets has spotted a mention of the feature in WhatsApp's iPhone app,
which all but confirms that the feature is indeed nearing launch.
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the latest WhatsApp update that was released for iPhone on September 8,
WhatsApp added several features such as improved location sharing and
fast camera access.
What the app's release notes do not mention is that it has added a
pop-up, which requests access to the microphone every time the app is
opened. As you can see in the screenshots above, this pop-up reads,
"WhatsApp requires microphone access to send Voice Messages, record
Videos with sound, make and receive Voice Calls."
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This pop-up will
appear only if users have not allowed WhatsApp access to the
microphone. To see this, go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone
> WhatsApp > flip the slider to Off. Now open WhatsApp to find
mention of the voice calling feature.
Previously, WhatsApp's voice
calling feature was seen in Hindi translation requests
and later in leaked images of the user interface for voice calling.
However, this is the first time that mention of this feature has been
spotted in the app itself.
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over 600 million active users,
WhatsApp is the world's most popular messaging app. It was acquired by
Facebook earlier this year, in a deal reportedly worth $19 billion.