This is another good news for BB users. After WhatsApp extends support
date for Blackberry phones, the group has also released it’s latest
feature to support the Device, Video Calling.
Since the release of statement by WhatsApp to end support for
blackberry, the phone price dropped in the second-hand market. Most
of the users put up their phone for sale at cheap prices, for instant
on OLX Blackberry Q10 goes for 15,000 naira far low to its normal
price of 50,000 naira likewise the same for other Blackberry Models.
WhatsApp video calling is now finally official. It is now open to
everybody no matter the device you are using and what part of the
world you are.
That has to be emphasized because in the last couple of months, the
idea of WhatsApp video calling features had made the rounds. The
recent was a beta version made available to only some users.
At the time WhatsApp was quietly testing the Video calling features,
some misconstrued that fact as the full roll out of the feature to
You don’t blame them for thinking that way as the over a billion users
of WhatsApp were really hoping for a video calling feature especially
after new entrant Allo came out with a bang with video calling.
Announcing the welcome news on the WhatsApp blog, the messaging
service said that they are 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.”
This is quite a turnaround for WhatsApp because about six months ago,
users were left sorely disappointed after an update to the app did no
include the video calling feature.
Using the video calling feature in WhatsApp is quite easy. Though for
now there is no dedicated video calling icon. To initiate a video
call, all a user has to do is tap the call icon at the top of a
WhatsApp conversation. Just like you want to start a normal call.
Instead of calling the recipient as it used to be before, a popup
would appear asking the user to choose if they want to start a normal
call or video call with the person they are chatting with.
Tapping the video call would place a video call.
During the video call, a user can decide to use the primary camera or the
front facing camera. This is cool for a situation where the front
camera is not very sharp or you want to show somebody an image using
the back camera.
One can also mute the call if they don’t want to hear sounds without
actually ending the call. Ending the call requires only the tapping of
the red button on the screen.
Like already stated earlier, WhatsApp officially joined the video
calling service rather late, at least when compared to other services
like Viber, Apple’s FaceTime and of course Skype, which is the
industry standard for which other services measure their progress.
One comparative advantage WhatsApp has over all other video calling
apps is the number of users using the platform. As messaging platform,
WhatsApp is far and away the most popular messaging app with over 1
So for WhatsApp, they would be starting at the top because even if
only 50% of WhatsApp users start using the video calling service,
they’d already be the biggest app offering the service. Even bigger
In the months leading up to this feature, WhatsApp introduced several
new feature or updates to the app including end-to-end encryption to
make chats safer and group chatting feature.
Though the WhatsApp video calling is welcome, the downside for users
in countries like Nigeria still remains the cost of data and of course
the strength of internet connectivity.