Great news for anyone who uses Whatsapp.
Starting today, the world’s most popular messaging platform is making its new video calling feature available to all users on iOS, Android and Windows devices.
Whatsapp, which boasts more than one billion users worldwide said: “We’re 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.”
The new video calling feature, which puts Whatsapp head to head with rival services such as Skype and FaceTime, is straightforward and easy to use.
While the new feature has been rumoured for some time, and has previously been available in a beta version of the Android app, this is the first time video calling has been made available to users across the three major mobile operating systems.
Whatsapp said video calling will be available ‘in the coming days’ as it begins rolling out the new feature to all users.
You’ll will know when your phone has the new feature when you tap on the call icon in the top right of the screen, where you will then be presented with two options: Voice call and Video call.
Whatsapp says video calls are encrypted, giving users an added security boost, and that it can be used in both landscape and portrait mode and on both front and rear facing cameras.
The news follows the announcement that iOS users can now send animated GIFs using Whatsapp.