WhatsApp might soon roll out support for making voice and video calls from its desktop app. WhatsApp has web and desktop apps but the versions lack some key features available at the mobile app.
The new test was noticed by The Guardian’s Alex Hern who shared a screenshot on Twitter. Two buttons for voice and video call can be seen in the image. The two icons have the tag “beta” confirming that WhatsApp is testing this feature. Voice and video call support for the desktop app of WhatsApp is not yet available at the stable version. There is no confirmation yet on the official release but WhatsApp might introduce it soon.
WABetaInfo also noticed the same for WhatsApp Web in the month of October. WABetaInfo shared a few screenshots of the voice and video calling options at WhatsApp Web. Same to the one discovered by Hern, the voice and video call buttons can be seen on top just next to the name of the contact. When users make a call on WhatsApp Web, a small window will pop up with the user’s name, profile picture and buttons to end the call, switch to audio/video and mute the call.
Group voice and video calls are also supported in this test for WhatsApp Web. WABetaInfo stated that support for voice and video calls on WhatsApp Web should be available to the beta users of WhatsApp in the coming weeks so that a few might start seeing them. There is no official confirmation on when WhatsApp will introduce it on the stable version.
This will be a major update for WhatsApp Web and desktop app. It will make it quite easy for people to use WhatsApp for quick group calls instead of scheduling meetings.