Whatsapp has rolled out a feature to let you talk to users in real-time, allowing you to talk directly to them without having to call them first.
Users will need to enter their phone number into the app and the feature will start automatically, with your call being recorded as soon as the call is made.
It’s the first time a video chat feature has been introduced to the platform, and it’s being seen as a major step forward for Whatsapp.
Whatsapp also launched a feature last year to let users make video calls without needing to speak to a human.
But while the feature is a great way to connect with your loved ones, it’s also a little intimidating at first.
In its current form, it won’t show your actual voice, meaning it can’t tell you how many people you are talking to or where you are in the conversation.
It does however show you the person’s profile picture, the caller’s location and the time of day, and you can then ask them a series of questions.
It doesn’t sound that different from other voice-based chat services, such as Skype or Google Hangouts, but it still takes some getting used to.
The feature is still in beta, so it’s still early days.
Whatsapi, Whatsapp’s other voice service, launched in January this year.
Users can choose from the following voice types: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russian.
For those who want to try the new feature out, they can sign up for a free account.
If you don’t have a WhatsApp account, you can also subscribe to a free trial by using the link below.
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