A first update: WhatsApp will allow users to make phone calls
Andrei Calina | On 24, Feb 2014
Who said Facebook is going to ruin it?
We’re pretty sure that every smartphone user is aware about the latest events regarding Whatsapp acquisition by social-media giant Facebook. After all the fuzz created last week, with users complaining that they’re going to delete their accounts and start searching for an alternative app, it seems that the first change is going to happen soon.
In a press conference, held today at MWC, in Barcelona, the company’s CEO, Jan Koum announced that the app is getting a voice calling option soon. For the beginning, only phones running Android and iOS are eligible for this, followed by Nokia handsets, running Windows Phone and BlackBerries.
No specific date when this is going to happen was given, even though we’re expecting to see this feature real soon on our phones, in the second quarter of 2014, to be more specific.
Personally, I consider this a great add to the app, even though I don’t know how many people will use it. Just think about it – Viber has it for years and it’s still not as popular as Whatsapp. Anyway, we’ll let time decide. And users of course, which, after the app was down for a few hours this weekend, might want to reconsider their options now. After all, it’s free voice calling we’re talking about hear.
Are you going to switch to something else or Whatsapp is still your favorite?