WhatsApp adding voice calling to Android and iOS in Q2 2014, Nokia and BlackBerry devices later

Ian Hardy

February 24, 2014 7:37am

WhatApp was recently acquired by Facebook for a whopping $16 billion, and many were extremely surprised by the purchase. Jan Koum, WhatsApp CEO, took the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and declared the app will enter a new space and secure its powerhouse status in the competitive messaging space.

WhatsApp, which has 465 million monthly active users and 330 million daily users, will go head-to-head against other cross-platform apps by offering voice calling like BBM, Skype and Viber. The company noted that voice will first come to Android and iOS sometime in Q2, then rollout to select Nokia (probably the Nokia X) and BlackBerry phones later.

Source: TechCrunch

  • Zee

    I’d expect Hangouts to have voice calling by then as well. They’ve already rolled it out to the iOS version, wonder why the delay for Android voice calling in Hangouts.

    • Justinn Parkinson

      I thought Hangouts already had voice calling? Or do you not count the “Video Calling” without camera not the same.

      Maybe I just miss understood you comment, but I’ve def. made calls from hangouts to friends.

    • Zee

      Not video calling, just like making a phone call but it doesn’t use your cell connection, it’s basically like making a VoIP call but through hangouts. You can already do this from the web, and the iOS version has it as well, it’s just Android that doesn’t. Making a voice call means you can call someone’s land line phone using hangouts, they don’t need to be logged into hangouts for example.

  • Max Fireman

    Awesome. Whatsapp could stay #1 for a loooong time if the voice launch is successful.

  • Striker67

    Facebook has had voice calling for a while. If I haven’t used that I don’t see why I would use it under their subsidiary.

    • alphs22

      It would just be for convenience, I think. In the case you’re chatting with someone and something urgent comes up, you don’t have to leave the app.

    • Justinn Parkinson

      I’ve used it once or twice but it’s only become more confusing to use it, not really worth for people who have little patience… which in this world is a lot of consumers -_-