You Will Soon Make Voice Calls On WhatsApp With The Integrated ‘Call via Skype’ Feature
WhatsApp has integrated ‘Call via Skype’ feature that will soon enable you to make voice calls and ‘Driving Mode’ feature that will read out messages and calls while the user is driving. News about WhatsApp planned roll out of voice calling feature has been around since the Q2 of 2014, but it has yet to happen.
That may soon change if report made by MakTechBlog is anything to go by. Staff from that site were digging around WhatsApp for iPhone app that was updated last November. They found a number of references that indicate that WhatsApp has integrated the ‘Call via Skype’ feature. But we still wait for concrete confirmation as to when this feature will be enabled.
The screenshot made by MakTechBlog shown below, shows a translation string reading ‘Call via Skype’. In layman language, this means that WhatsApp has integrated a feature that will allow you to make calls through Skype.
The move by WhatsApp to integrate a seemingly rival’s feature into its own system doesn’t exactly seem all that surprising. As you may already know, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook Inc., and Microsoft is one of the investors in Facebook Inc.. Microsoft, also acquired Skype, and back in 2011, Facebook integrated Skype’s Video Chat feature into its system. So the integration of ‘Call via Skype’ feature into WhatsApp would not have been that unexpected.
Other features integrated into WhatsApp courtesy of Skype include ‘Call Mute’, ‘Call Hold’, ‘Call Back’, ‘Call me in X minutes’, ‘Call Back Message’, ‘Call Notifications’ and ‘Separate screen for call logs’.
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