According to specialized portals, users from all over the world are testing a beta version of the tool. It is expected to be massively enabled in the coming weeks.
A few days after the end of the year, the rumors about the arrival of video calls in the web and desktop versions of WhatsApp have become stronger and stronger. The tool would allow making calls from the computer without the need for the mobile phone to be connected to the internet.
This is indicated by the specialized portal WABetaInfo, which usually filters all the advances of the messaging service in the correct way. In one of its most recent posts, the site reported that several random users are testing the tool in its beta version.
They claim that for a few days the platform enabled the call button in WhatsApp chat for desktop. Their leaks show that when users receive a call or video call, a new tab will open in which they can accept or reject the invitation.
“WhatsApp is launching beta calls for specific users, but unfortunately, being a beta feature, it is available to very few people,” says the portal. However, he added that the service is expected to become massive “within the next few weeks.”
WhatsApp Web and Desktop are extensions for the computer of WhatsApp mobile accounts. The messages are synchronized between the phone and the PC, so users can see the same information on both devices.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced millions of people around the world to make video calls, meetings, and virtual conferences to respect isolation rules. This turn has skyrocketed the popularity of multiple platforms, such as Zoom, which specializes in video conferencing, from 10 million daily participants before the pandemic to 300 million in April.
WhatsApp, for its part, implemented improvements in group video calls, admitting up to 8 participants at the same time and enabling functions such as maximizing the image of one of the users or adding a video icon in group chats to easily start a video call.
However, calls from the desktop have been a constant request for months, a time in which it has also been the center of multiple leaks, so the possibility that the tool will surprise its users soon is close to being a reality.