WhatsApp has finally implemented the long awaited new feature, WhatsApp Android user received the new video call update. The new video call feature can be used at the moment only on the official WhatsApp beta testing program. The feature works on different versions of the beta (from v2.16.316 to the present ones) .At the moment there is not any official statement regarding the release date of the new feature to all users.
To access the video call feature using the calls tab. The user needs to tap on the dialer icon, next to the search icon, and a message will pop up asking the user to select between making a WhatsApp voice call or a video call. To use the video call option, both users need to be using the beta version of WhatsApp. If one user is on the beta and tries to call another user that has the standard version of the app, they will get an error saying “Couldn’t place call”.
There have rumors going around since May of this new feature implementation to WhatsApp, it was also spotted in beta versions as well but it was removed from the beta before more people could get a peek at it.
Users that tried the new video call feature for WhatsApp on Android gave a good review on it. The feature is performing decently even where there are bad networks. There are some bugs though. Some users have reported to only see the profile picture instead of the live camera feed, or another bug reported is that user will see their own live camera feed instead. We can expect these problems before the feature becomes available to everyone.
If you want to try the beta version of WhatsApp and get a feel for the new feature you can get the beta version from v2.16.316 onwards. Be wary though, Android Police reports show that not all users of the beta version have this feature available. If that does not work, download the latest available beta version – v.3.16.318 via APK Mirror.