On the heels of its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp will introduce an Internet voice calling capability later this year.
As if the recent news of its acquisition by Facebook wasn't enough, the mobile messaging service WhatsApp will introduce a voice calling capability later this year, according to reports.
The news was revealed at the Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona this week. WhatsApp's chief executive and co-founder Jan Koum says that beginning in the second quarter of 2014, WhatsApp users will be able to leave Internet voice messages through their smartphones. This new feature is similar to voice services provided by the mobile messaging app's international rivals, including Kakao of South Korea and WeChat of China.
According to Koum, the voice call service will first be tested on Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems. It will then become available on Windows phones, Blackberry, and other cellphone brands.
In addition to this new feature, Koum says WhatsApp will collaborate with the German cellphone carrier E-Plus to launch a mobile brand.
WhatsApp has 465 million monthly users and is adding about 1 million more on a daily basis. Acquired by Facebook for a whopping $19 billion, the tech company claimed that it would stay independent and nothing would change for its users.
Yuyu Chen is a reporter at ClickZ. Her work has appeared in Local East Village, New York Daily News and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce website. Yuyu received her M.A. in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University in May, 2013.
US Consumer Device Preference Report
Traditionally desktops have shown to convert better than mobile devices however, 2015 might be a tipping point for mobile conversions! Download this report to find why mobile users are more important then ever.
E-Commerce Customer Lifecycle
Have you ever wondered what factors influence online spending or why shoppers abandon their cart? This data-rich infogram offers actionable insight into creating a more seamless online shopping experience across the multiple devices consumers are using.
September 9, 2015
12pm ET/9am PT
September 16, 2015
12pm ET/9am PT
September 23, 2015
12pm ET/ 9am PT