WhatsApp is set to add voice calls to its app for the first time in a bid to take on Skype and other messaging firms. The move is expected to open up major new markets for the firm Facebook bought for $19bn. It will allow users of the app to make voice calls to contacts in the same way they would send a message. Dutch site AndroidWorld uncovered the screenshots in test code. The ‘screenshots’ above have been created by AndroidWorld.nl’s Sander Tuit, who extracted layout files, images, and text from the raw code of the app hosted on WhatsApp’s website. It is expected the feature will work exactly like text or picture messages. Users will be able to use either their handset or a bluetooth headset to make calls.
A phone-like page will show calls made an received. Earlier this month the firm, the firm updated its app to make it harder to avoid WhatsApp messages, or at least claim that you haven’t seen them. The Facebook-owned app will display two blue ticks in the bottom right-hand corner of an individual message to show that it has been read. And clicking on the message will show you the precise time the recipient opened and read it.