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WhatsApp Video Calling: Services offered and Comparison

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As we all know the top instant messenger service company WhatsApp on Tuesday has launched it’s new feature- Video Calling which was in beta mode till now. This video calling is in encrypted form which is offered by default. WhatsApp has launched video calling for it’s over 1 billion users worldwide.

The Facebook owned messaging app said in its statement that it has received many request for the video call from it users. The video calling will work on iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

How to use:
In WhatsApp, clicking on the phone icon on top right corner will provide you an option of making a selection between audio and video call.
The facility of multi tasking is also available during video call, you can check your messages during your video call in a smaller on-screen box.
Switching between front and rear camera is also available, You just need to tap on camera icon and you will get an option for switching.
You can transfer the call from video to audio also.
You can also mute the call if you don’t want your audio to be transferred to the person you are on call with.

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Knowing that other than WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype, Google Hangout/Duo Viber, Facebook Messenger are providing video calling. User should be aware about the best one to use.

So let’s make a comparison between the data uses on Skype, Facetime and WhatsApp video call:

Skype during a call duration of 4 minutes consumes an average of 12.3MB of data.
WhatsApp during the same period consumes 12.74MB of data for video calling.
Facetime on the other hand consumes only 8.8 MB of data during the same duration.

Facetime is consuming least data between these three services but the drawback with facetime is that it is usable only on same platform. You can not make a video call on any android or windows phone from your iPhone.These comparison is made on a 3G service provided by a particular service provider. The video call quality on Facetime is also better than the other two.

These video call services are convenient only if you are having Wi-Fi connection. Lets see how successful is the feature considering the fact that Wi-Fi users in India is less in comparison to mobile data users.

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