Facebook-owned WhatsApp is planning to implement its voice calling update on the Windows Phone platform, after the company launched the feature in Android on March 13, and has already announced an iOS version of the same, according to wmpoweruser. For now, along with Android, the newly added feature is available in Tizen, and the company is making efforts to release it on other mobile platforms as well. However, the exact date of release has not been made public yet.
WhatsApp calling to be available across major mobile platforms
WhatsApp is the most popular cross-platform messaging service today. However, the leader in the messaging app sector has seen delays in the launch of voice calling feature. Consequently, the company lost a part of its market share to competitors such as BBM, Line, Viber, etc. However, WhatsApp has finally launched its own voice calling feature this week.
That said, the messaging service seems to be going easy with the introduction of its new component on other major devices running on the iOS and the Windows Phone OS. To date, the feature has been made available only in Android and Tizen. Moreover, WhatsApp has not revealed anything about its upcoming service being available for BlackBerry devices. However, keep in mind that the Canada-based mobile company ranks third among widely used operating systems after Android and iOS, so one can expect WhatsApp to facilitate BlackBerry phones with an update soon.
Will Facebook, WhatsApp overtake Skype?
Currently, the WhatsApp users can enable the voice calling feature by accepting a call from others who already have the feature installed in before making available its voice calling update, as some hackers attempted to con people by sharing links of bogus invites with other users. They managed to fool a lot of consumers who wanted to install the latest update.
In addition, several others were deceived by malware that promised a link to the WhatsApp’s new component once the users have completed a survey. Once accessible to all mobile platforms, the newly added voice calling element will aid WhatsApp as a strong competitor to Skype. That said, it will take time for the Facebook-owned service to cut into the market share of the other the calling services available today.