WhatsApp reportedly working on Call via Skype feature, crosses 700 Million monthly users
Since last year there are rumors that WhatsApp, the popular messaging application will integrate voice calling feature in order to lure users and to compete with its rivals including Skype that have such an aspect. Lately, we also saw leaked screenshots suggesting the voice calling feature of WhatsApp that is likely to be rolled out soon.
Recently, a string of code has been leaked online speculating that the application could be providing a “Call via Skype” feature. The code snippet was spotted initially by MakTechBlog while investigating the iPhone version of WhatsApp and it is a reference to the feature’s arrival.
The other voice calling features that are confirmed by the leaked code snippet include Call Mute, Call Hold, Call back, Call me in X minutes, Call back message, Call via Skype, Call Notifications and Separate screen for call logs.
Besides these aspects, WhatsApp seems to be prepping “Driving Mode” feature as well that appears to function similar to Do Not Disturb feature when the user is controlling the steering wheel. It is also reported that WhatsApp is developing a feature that will read out the messages and calls to the user when they are focused on driving.
In a related report, WhatsApp is claimed to be having more than 700 million monthly users and it has been revealed by the CEO of the firm, Jan Koum. Notably, when Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, the application had only 450 million users.
WhatsApp is pretty popular in the European, Middle East and Asian regions, but is yet to become that popular in North America. Not to mention its cheap $1 subscription fee per year that has made it popular among users of a wide array of mobile platforms.
"Today, we’re thrilled to share that WhatsApp has more than 700 million monthly active users. Additionally, every day our users now send over 30 billion messages," revealed Koum in a Facebook post.