Works even without a strong network
Early this evening (UK time), Mark Zuckerberg, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Facebook announced that Whatsapp (owned by Facebook) from today will start to offer a video calling facility. According to Zuckerberg, "video calling has been one of the community's top requests."
Video calling will allow users to communicate through video in addition to the existing message and phone service the platform already offers. To use video chat follow these simple steps:
1. Download the latest Whatsapp update (if not already done so)
2. Open the Whatsapp App and select contact.
3. Tap on the video camera icon to video call in top right corner (iOS see below)
You may ask, what's so new about video conferencing? True, there are many other video calling platforms available, but for me what makes this exciting and that little bit special is; that it has been released by Facebook and they seldom release updates and features unless they are very confident in them.
Mark Zuckerberg went on to say on his Facebook page, "We've been working on it for a while to make sure it works even in places without a strong network"
This will be of interest to us who may use other video calling platforms and are critical of picture and sound quality. Just a word warning, I can imagine many people will be dowlading this new feature, so please be patient when downloading the latest update.
Anyway, have a go and let me know what you think!