WhatsApp voice calling rolling out to BlackBerry users

Popular messaging platform WhatsApp had recently taken the tech world by storm with the launch of its voice calling services for Android. After this, iOS users began receiving the update. On the waiting list for the feature is the Windows platform.
And now, the update is also rolling out to BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry users are sure to welcome this move. This is a part of the update which is the version Prior to this, voice calling for BlackBerry users on WhatsApp was limited to the beta version. With the update, there are also a few new features that have been introduced. 
Navigation support has also improved. One has the option to make VoIP calls to people who are overseas as well. There is also the option to customise WhatsApp by setting particular ringtones for incoming calls. Also, pictures, video and audio can be filed under months and years sub-directories. The update also brings with it bug fixes. One also has the option of searching for individual contacts, chats even messages by clicking on Search on the actions list. 

6 WhatsApp privacy features we would love to have

WhatsApp has become a must-have communication platform for smartphone users. After it got acquired by Facebook, the free chatting app got revamped dramatically, especially on Android. WhatsApp now looks more lively with the all-new material design. There have been new updates likes the blue ticks and WhatsApp calling, but privacy is still a concern for many users. With WhatsApp becoming mainstream with around 1 billion downloads so far, it is time the developers started looking at making things a bit more private for the user..

Here are 6 WhatsApp privacy features we would love to have, soon:
In-built app lock: With the amount of personal data shared over WhatsApp, it’s high time WhatsApp provide an in-built app lock or opt for a mandatory four-digit sign-in mechanism. Of course, there are several third party app lockers available in the market, but none are trustworthy. If a simple torch light application can ask for access to a contact list, gallery and other personal things, then imagine the kind of data a third-party locker will have access to.
Invisible mode: Remember the invisible mode on almost every chatting platform? Wouldn’t it be nice if it comes to WhatsApp? WhatsApp may not interested in thisfeature because it’s primarily goal is to make its users be available always. However, WhatsApp can tweak it a bit and introduce a timed invisible mode. This will be helpful when you are having a serious chat with one or two people. While invisible, the particular user will not be shown ‘online’ in the contact list.
Busy mode: WhatsApp can be irritating sometimes, especially when you are working and prefer people to call you instead of sending texts over WhatsApp. WhatsApp users generally  mute their phone or even turn off their mobile internet to get rid of the constant notifications. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a busy mode in which chat notifications would stop popping out. While using the busy mode, the user’s availability status would show as “Busy” which means all the chats will be visible to the user only after he has got out of busy mode. In the busy mode, WhatsApp will not alert of anynew messages to the user and instead save it in the background.
Friend request: After Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the developers might be interested in bringing “friend request” to WhatsApp. Of course, you can block an unknown contact on WhatsApp, but it appears a bit rude. WhatsApp might take a bit of inspiration from LinkedIn when it comes to adding people. Also, those who do not belong to the friend list can send a maximum of three messages at first. If the sender gets a reply only then can he/she send further messages or add to friend list.
Recall messages: Sometimes you might something to somebody by mistake. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take back your words within a few seconds of sending the message?
Text only messages: There might be several contacts from whom you might want text messages only — no videos, no meme cards, no photos — if you understand what we mean. When this feature is turned on, only text messages from select contacts will appear.

WhatsApp Voice Calling - Everything You Need to Know

WhatsApp, the most popular instant messaging service used worldwide, has started rolling out the voice calling feature to its users. The company is rolling out the new feature in phases, and it appears some will have to wait longer than others.
Here are the answers to all your questions about WhatsApp's voice calling feature.

What is WhatsApp voice calling?
Until recently, WhatsApp only let users send text messages to their contacts alongside allowing sharing of files (including images, music or even videos). With the addition of voice calling, the app now allows voice calls over mobile data or Wi-Fi - also called VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol.
WhatsApp's CEO, Jan Koum, had in February last year announced plans to rollout the voice calling feature by the end of the year In October he revealed that the rollout would be delayed till Q1 2015. Koum cited several obstacles including technical issues before the service could work seamlessly. Interestingly, Koum had also revealed that the WhatsApp development team was working on ways to implement the voice calling service in poor data coverage areas, considering that many WhatsApp users in emerging markets are still on 2G networks.
What does it cost?
The service is free, and not charged by WhatsApp. Much like other apps like Skype and Viber offering VoIP, WhatsApp voice calling uses a data connection to place a call, whether over Wi-Fi or mobile data. This data use however can be chargeable, based on your Internet plan.
For users of unlimited broadband Internet plans, the only worry is if the voice calling feature will work properly on lower speeds once the FUP limit is exhausted. Similarly, users of 2G and 3G data plans who exhaust their allocated data will have to after that point pay per KB used, which can go up to as high as Rs. 0.10 per 10KB on 2G and Rs. 0.04 per 10KB on 3G.

Soon after news about WhatsApp's voice calling feature was reported last year, Indian telecom player Airtel announced it would soon roll out a special plan to charge separately for data used on VoIP calls, although the company backtracked on this soon after, saying it was waiting for Trai's consultation paper on OTT players. It will be interesting to see how this plays out once WhatsApp voice calling really takes off.
Is it available to everyone?
Unfortunately, WhatsApp is rolling out the voice calling feature in phases, which means it is currently available to limited users. The company recently started pushing out the voice calling feature to all Android users with the invite window open for several hours. As of filing this report, the window has closed again, though it may open again without notice.
The wait for non-Android users might be longer as WhatsApp's voice-calling feature is currently rolling out to users of Google's mobile operating system. 

How do I get voice calling?
To get WhatsApp's voice calling feature on Android, one has to download the latest version (2.12.12) of WhatsApp for Android from the company's official website. As of filing this report, Google Play still offers WhatsApp for Android version 2.12.5, which doesn't supports the voice-calling feature.
After the latest WhatsApp Android version is installed, you have to ask someone with WhatsApp voice calling already activated to make a WhatsApp call to your number (yes that's the only way).
Remember a missed call doesn't activate WhatsApp calling. One has to receive the call and wait for a few seconds before disconnecting to activate WhatsApp voice calling. Once WhatsApp voice calling is enabled, users will notice a completely revamped UI showing a new three-tab layout with Calls, Chats and Contacts. Check our How to Activate WhatsApp Voice Calling post for more details.
How does it compare to other services?
WhatsApp voice calling is similar in function as other VoIP apps, such as Skype, Viber, and Hangouts. However, considering that WhatsApp is the most widely used instant messaging service on mobile, having the voice calling feature in the app only expands the user experience.

A word of caution
A lot of people are waiting impatiently for WhatsApp's voice calling feature and it seems some people are exploiting this interest. Security company Quick Heal in a blog has reported about a hoax message spreading around various WhatsApp communities.
The message reads, "Hey, I am inviting you to try WhatsApp calling click here to activate now->". Do not click on this link - as we noted earlier the only way to activate WhatsApp calling is to be running the latest version of the Android app and to receive a voice call from someone who already has the service.
Quick Heal explains, "this message is a hoax and an attempt to get users to download malicious apps and fill a survey form." So stay away from such messages and enjoy WhatsApp voice calling safely - once you finally receive it.
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