WhatsApp launches new in-app video calling feature from India

WhatsApp launches new in-app video calling feature from India

In a Tuesday announcement, Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp said that it is rolling out fully encrypted video calling for its users.

In announcing the new in-app video calling feature, WhatsApp said that the feature is first being launched in India – the biggest market for the messaging app worldwide – and will be rolled out to 180 countries.

The new in-app video calling service launched by WhatsApp enhances the popular instant messaging platform with another means for users to communicate with one another, without fear of eavesdropping. The new feature also marks "a big step forward" for WhatsApp which has a total workforce of only 200 employees.

With WhatsApp’s move to launch the new in-app video calling feature first in India underscoring the significance of the market for the company, Neeraj Arora – WhatsApp head of business – said, during a Monday interaction with ET, that the messaging app has more than 160 million monthly active users in India.

About WhatsApp’s new video calling feature, Arora said: "We want to make sure we give every possible way for people to stay in touch with their families and friends. Video calling is the most immersive (experience) and something that makes you feel really close to somebody else."