Having added voice calling at no extra cost earlier this year, WhatsApp is now reportedly looking to introduce FaceTime-style video calls, according to a new report.
The leaked iOS screenshot shows a full-screen video call, along with a smaller inlaid video preview with the camera view of the call recipient, just like Skype or Apple’s own video calling service.
The service is also said to allow users to switch between the front and rear iOS cameras, as well as to draw on both WiFi and 4G data connections.
It’s not yet known when WhatsApp will release the update, which is supposed to be the app’s 188.8.131.52 version. WhatsApp last updated its iOS app on November 30 — adding new 3D Touch options for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users, the inclusion of a rich preview when sharing or receiving a link, a redesigned Settings tab, and the ability to easily view all “starred” messages.
While the existence of FaceTime means that WhatsApp’s (rumored) upgrade won’t be a game changer, it still demonstrates that the company is busy working to turn what was once just a messaging app into something far, far more comprehensive.