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WhatsApp Voice Calling Revealed in New Update

by Jacob Kleinman | December 24, 2014December 24, 2014 2:00 pm PST

All the way back in Feb., WhatsApp promised that voice calling was on the way for the popular messaging app. Now, it looks like the Facebook-owned company is finally ready to roll out the new feature after it leaked in a recent update to WhatsApp for Android.

The leak comes directly from WhatsApp’s website, where the company often pushes out new features before they hit the app store, and was uncovered by Dutch tech blog Android World. The latest update doesn’t actually let you make voice calls, but offers details on how it will work. Based on this new information, it looks like you’ll soon be able to make WhatApp calls over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi, and even record your calls and listen to them again later from inside the app.

Based on all this leaked info, Android World was able to create a handful of images showing what voice calling will look like. Of course, it’s possible WhatsApp isn’t done tweaking the new feature, but the images above look pretty good already.

It’s unclear if WhatsApp voice calling will get an official launch by the end of 2014, which is approaching quickly, though that’s what the company promised earlier this year. Back then, CEO Jan Koum said he was still hammering out deals with the major carriers, so it’s possible that could be holding back the release.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...