In Spain we have seen how 2020 has been a great year for video calls. Although their exponential growth has been due to a forced circumstance, it is a technology that has already passed into the public domain, and after everything we have experienced, we have no doubt that they are here to stay. Even when everything is back to normal.
WhatsApp already had support for video calls for quite some time, but they were limited only to our mobile phone. We knew that the company was developing this technology for WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp for PC, and it is finally starting to roll out.
WhatsApp Web calls and video calls begin to arrive
WhatsApp calls and video calls for computer are one of the most anticipated features. These began arriving in the Beta version last December, and after a long wait it seems that at last it is a feature that is beginning to reach the whole world.
The company has made official the deployment of the function, which at the moment is only available for video calls between two devices (group video calls will arrive later). WhatsApp has emphasized that both calls and video calls are end-to-end encrypted, and that they will never be able to see or hear their content.
According to WABetaInfo, to receive video calls you need to have version 126.96.36.199 or higher of the application. To know your version you can go to Settings -> Help -> App info. and from there we can see the version. In case of doubt, the ideal is that we go to the Google Play Store and update the application to the latest version available.
Right now,the function is being deployed from the server side. This means that even if you have the application fully up-to-date, the call and video call buttons may still not appear. It is a common process in the deployment of this type of functions and if there are no technical problems it should reach everyone in the next few hours.
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