WhatsApp, the popular messaging application is attracting its users’ day-by-day. And many people are getting added to its list of active users because it is the most popular app that connects billions of users across the world. This app is well known for its sharing feature. It allows the users to share a wide variety of media including photos, video, audio, and documents. WhatsApp has good connectivity with its users. It allows its users to send messages and allows its users to make calls without a balance. It helps its users to stay in touch with their loved ones. One of the best features that were ever introduced in WhatsApp is voice and video calling. The app uses the users’ data connection and lets them connect instantly to any person in any corner of the world.
After a lot of user requests, WhatsApp has introduced video calling feature for its Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users. Its name is obviously self-explanatory; the name tells you that WhatsApp lets you video chat with your friends and relatives over the internet. There are many users for the Apple FaceTime, Skype, and Google Duo. WhatsApp video call has to fight with all these applications and win this battle. The question is WhatsApp will make it happen. The first impressions in using the WhatsApp video calling are as follows.
The first impression is the best impression
One of the major advantages of WhatsApp video calling feature is how smoothly it is the part of WhatsApp. And the app has the best user interface and there are no changes on the app’s interface. On the Android version, users will not see a change until they have tapped on the phone button on the top-right corner of the conversation window. If you tap on the call button, instead of directing to the voice call, it will pop up two options namely, voice and video call. In the case of the iOS app, there will be the camera icon beside the phone icon; you can tap on this camera button to start a video call on the calls tab, you will see a camera icon below the contact’s name to represent a video call.
The User Interface on the calls tab is minimal with your friend’s face dominating the entire screen. On the iOS app, there will be three buttons at the bottom to end the call, switch the camera, or mute the call. On the Android App, there will be same three buttons and there will be an additional message button, this message button will take the user back to the text conversation window. But, there is a small difference between the Android and iOS apps. When the user presses the message button, the Android app will take the user to the text conversation window, but it pauses the ongoing video call. On the iOS app, if the user presses the back button at the top-left corner, the video calling screen will be minimized to the small bubble and the user can continue talking with their friend while texting others. This effect is somewhat similar to the Facebook Messenger’s chat.
One more difference is that WhatsApp will notify its users of a video call when the phone’s screen is off. On Android, the users will be notified about the incoming video call similar to the standard of a call, and the users can simply swipe left or right to answer or reject the call. On the iOS app, the users will be notified about the incoming video call through the notification card and the users have to unlock the iPhone to see the video call screen. This process is somewhat frustrating since there are unnecessary steps to the simple process of accepting or rejecting the video call.
Moving to the performance side, on the good Wi-Fi network, WhatsApp video calling was undoubtedly smooth, but when switched to mobile networks, there were flaws in the internet connection, and therefore the video calling had some problems. On some occasions, the video will get freeze due to poor internet connection. And at sometimes, the video call refused to connect, usually in the Jio connection, even when both the users are nearby.
During the initial stages, the people who had expensive phones, or the one who live in cities can afford to WhatsApp video calling. Other can’t make a video call without any buffering and in some cases; the call got stuck in the middle. As days passed by, it started to improve and till now, video calling doesn’t work perfectly in the case of WhatsApp. But this feature is a huge hit among its billions of users. One of the important reasons why people prefer WhatsApp to make a video call is they can easily make a video call, without the need of switching between the apps. And about 100 million users make a call via WhatsApp voice call every day.
Features of WhatsApp video calling
As like other video calling apps, WhatsApp also has exciting features. The useful features of WhatsApp video calling are as follows.
Users can do other tasks while they are making a WhatsApp video calling. The feature offers the multi-tasking functionality. Once the call connects, the user can either choose rear or front camera of the phone for the video call. Users also have the option to switch between the two cameras while they are on the call.
The user can choose the preview of their video as the main image in the call or the incoming video from their friend on the opposite side of the call. Users have the possibility to minimize the call window and they can open other chats, send messages with other contacts or with the same person who is on the call and the video call will not get disconnected. The location of the smaller window can be moved to any other place on the screen.
- Quality of video
The quality of video on WhatsApp gets adjusted automatically depending on the network speed and quality. WhatsApp is following this strategy to ensure video calls are fast and reliable at all the times. The produce lead of WhatsApp, Manpreet Singh said that WhatsApp will try to continue the call as much as possible without any disturbances or interruptions. The connection speeds depend upon various networks. The company is working on to expand the range.
If the network is poor, your video quality gets compressed to ensure whether the video call continues.
- Data usage
WhatsApp doesn’t have the separate tab to view the data usage of video calling. In Android and iOS, the call data is combined under one tab under the data usage section. For example, if the 3G network was used for a 2-minute session of video calling on WhatsApp, the data used was around 2.3MB, but there will be some noticeable lags during the video call, which suggests that WhatsApp has to concentrate more on the quality of calls on its platform.
WhatsApp is not yet rolled out for groups, but there are many hostile links inviting people to download the same. The hostile links will read “you are invited to use WhatsApp video calling feature, you can enable this feature only by accepting this invitation”. After clicking those links, it will ask you to share with many people. You should beware of those links and should not click on these links.
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