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WhatsApp launches video calling for its users

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Facebook-owned chat service, WhatsApp is officially launching video calling on iOS, Android and Windows, for over 1 billion users worldwide.

To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will ask if they want to voice or video call the friend or a family member they are chatting with. For video call, simply select the “video call” option from the screen.

During the call itself, you can switch between the forward-facing and rear camera, mute the call or press the red button to hang up.

Also read: WhatsApp experiments with Snapchat style videos

WhatsApp already supports a number of standard features for communications apps, including group texting and voice calling. But the company says that video calling has remained one of its top feature requests from users.

With video calling, WhatsApp is slowly catching up with a number of rivals, including Facebook’s own Messenger app, as well as Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, LINE and Google’s recently launched Duo.

“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,” the company said in its announcement.