WhatsApp Finally Launches The Feature Everyone’s Been Crying Out For

It's taken them long enough!

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WhatsApp The service has more than 1 billion monthly users. Image Getty

It’s taken them long enough, but WhatsApp has finally launched a feature allowing its users to make video calls.

Trailing behind Skype, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat in the video stakes, WhatsApp has come crashing into 2016 today by rolling out the feature.

It’s been launched on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone devices, and will be available to all users “in the coming days”.

WhatsApp announced the change in a recent update on their official blog, saying: “We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough.

“There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad.

“And we want 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.

“Over the years we’ve received many requests from our users for video calling, and we’re excited to finally offer this feature to the world.”

God, emotional stuff guys!

WhatsApp might be a bit late to this particular party, but given that the service has more than 1 billion active monthly users we’re guessing Skype video calls are at risk of being crushed.

How to use WhatApp video calls:

  1. Download the latest WhatsApp update, version 2.16.17
  2. Open a chat box with one of your pals
  3. Tap the call button
  4. Now you’ll see two options: voice call and video call – hit the latter and you’re good to go
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