WhatsApp Messenger, the popular cross-platform chatting service, released a major update to its iPhone app today introducing some long-rumored features and new ways to share content with friends and family…
The latest version of WhatsApp for iPhone adds a new voice calling feature that allows you to talk to any WhatsApp user around the world for free. Similar to Skype or FaceTime Audio, WhatsApp Calling uses an Internet connection (VoIP) rather than cellular phone service to make calls. The feature has been expected to come to the app since shortly after Facebook acquired the service last year; Facebook’s Messenger app for iPhone also has a similar feature. WhatsApp says the new calling feature will be rolling out over the new several weeks.
The new version also includes an iOS 8 sharing extension for sending content like photos, videos, and links to contacts on WhatsApp from other apps on the iPhone. You can see the full list of new features below:
What’s New in Version 2.12.1
• WhatsApp Calling: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Data charges may apply. Note: WhatsApp Calling is rolling out slowly over the next several weeks.
• iOS 8 share extension: Share photos, videos, and links right to WhatsApp from other apps.
• Quick camera button in chats: Now you can capture photos and videos, or quickly choose a recent camera roll photo or video.
• Edit your contacts right from WhatsApp.
• Send multiple videos at once and crop and rotate videos before sending them.
WhatsApp Messenger with calling is rolling out now on the App Store.