What­sApp for Android Final­ly Gets Ded­i­cat­ed Video Call Button


WhatsApp for Android has received an update which will now feature a dedicated video call button in private chat windows — making the video and voice calling icons available separately to users, enhancing user experience.

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This feature was available to all the beta users of the app for a few weeks now, and the general WhatsApp users updated to version 2.17.146 will also see a dedicated video calling button.

Earlier, only one call icon was available and clicking on that would pop-up two additional options which allowed users to select between a voice and video call.

The attachment clip has also been moved to the bottom of the window — now embedded inside the text box beside the camera icon. The text box also receives a modest cosmetic update with rounded edges.

All these new features were first launched in an earlier beta update which was released in March 2017.

Other Upcoming Features on WhatsApp

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The left and center screenshot shows a single call button beside the attachment icon. The one on the right shows all the new updates.

While not all the features that are released in beta updates make it to the stable version of the app — used by the masses — quite a few of them do, and the one released on Monday might just be one of them.

Beta users of the WhatsApp Android app version 2.17.163 received a new feature which enables users to pin their favourite contact at the top of the Chat tabs.

Doing this will ensure that no matter how many messages you get from different contacts, the one that matters to you the most stays on top, and you don’t miss it.

Currently, WhatsApp only supports pinning three contacts at once. Once your contact is pinned to the top, it won’t be overshadowed by any new messages by other contacts.

Since this feature seems useful, in all likeliness, it’ll be rolled out the stable app in a future update — probably next month.

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