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WhatsApp postpones launch of voice calling service to early 2015


The CEO of WhatsApp has officially confirmed that the much expected voice calling feature will not launch until early 2015. Speaking at the Code/Mobile event, he said that the company is facing some technical hurdles in bringing this idea to fruition.

According to the CEO Jan Koum, this addition will not clash with Facebook Messenger which already has a voice calling feature over WiFi. He said that although the two are similar in nature, WhatsApp is a strictly mobile only service and will not compete with Messenger offering.

This service might clash with apps like Viber which have been offering a similar service for quite some time. Including a feature like this natively on WhatsApp could mean bad news for several other apps which specialize in voice calling over data or WiFi. We can expect WhatsApp’s new addition to go live sometime in Q1 2015 according to Koum, so there’s still some time left.

WhatsApp was originally supposed to bring voice calling to the app by Q2 2014, but couldn’t due to issues related to the accessibility of the microphone on some devices. Hopefully, these issues will be sorted in time for the launch in Q1 2015.

Source: Fierce Wireless

Via: Android Central

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