WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that some news outlets believe will be likely to strike fear into the hearts of its competitors: video calling.
If you ever manage to get a WhatsApp video call this clear, please let us know lol
WhatsApp have had this feature in the beta stage for far too long but finally released it to the public on Tuesday where it received mixed reviews.
“I couldn’t get it to connect, but then again i’ve never managed to have a good WhatsApp Voice call, let alone a video one. There is always delays and echos on the calls which make them uncomfortable. I much prefer Skypes quality” said one reviewer.
The WhatsApp blog states
We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks.
Over the years we’ve received many requests from our users for video calling, and we’re excited to finally offer this feature to the world. Thank you for using WhatsApp and we promise to keep working hard every day to improve the service.
Did you read that? yep… YEARS people have been asking for this, and only now, after everyone else has done it do they get round to it…
We know that WhatsApp wants to position itself as the one-stop-shop for communications but it is so slow at releasing features we believe it is unlikely to actually become the platform it wants to be. Sure, it has over 1 billion users but remember there was a time that Skype was the market leader, and we’ll bet that one of the other more dynamic messengers will end up winning this war.
WhatsApp is just too basic and too slow to respond when you really start comparing it.
In October, the company rolled-out the ability for users to draw on images, but again, this comes months after other messengers have been doing the same.
Good luck WhatsApp… We think you’re gonna need it…