The WhatsApp calling feature has finally exited its lengthy beta-testing phase. After rolling out the beta version to selected users, WhatsApp has finally released the voice-calling feature to all Android users. You only need to download version 2.11.528 from the Play Store or version 2.11.531 from the WhatsApp website.
Obtaining the service is simple: You must be given a call by someone who already possesses the feature. When you’ve closed WhatsApp and reopened it again, you will find the new facility available. Once this is done, the interface of the application changes to a 3-tab layout with the home-screen showing calls, chats and contacts.
Cyber criminals have pounced on the opportunity to scalp a few victims, with false messages spreading around that invite the user to fill out a survey, advertised as in benefit of the company, in order to receive the feature. This survey then forcibly downloads malware onto the user’s device.
Whatsapp has revolutionized communication. Over 700 million monthly active users worldwide use the application to connect, and users are charged only for an entire year. Last year, Facebook bought the application for an astonishing $22 billion dollars. Given the ubiquitous presence of the application, that certainly looks like a worthwhile buy. The new free calling feature can only add to the application’s desirability.