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Facebook’s WhatsApp Will Be How the World Makes Phone Calls

Further Reading: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/facebooks-whatsapp-worlds-next-phone

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular smartphone messaging app, letting more than 800 million people send and receive texts on the cheap. But it’s evolving into something more.

On Tuesday, the company, which is owned by Facebook, released a new version of the app that allows people with iPhones to not only text people, but actually talk to them. This built on a similar move the company made at the end of March, when it quietly released an Android update that did the same thing. And in the week following the addition of voice calling on Android, WhatsApp-related traffic increased about 5 percent on carrier networks, according to a study by Allot Communications—an Israeli company that helps manage wireless network traffic worldwide.

That figure will likely get a lot bigger as WhatsApp shifts from being the world’s favorite messaging app to become a more wide-ranging—and bandwidth-intensive—communication tool.

Others have offered internet voice calls on smartphones, most notably Skype and Viber. But WhatsApp is different. So many people already use the app, and the company is intent on keeping it free (or nearly free). Though it has little traction here in the US, WhatsApp is enormously popular in parts of Europe and the developing world—areas where there’s a hunger for cheap communication. The result is an app that could bring inexpensive Internet calls to an audience of unprecedented size.

Developing World

The rapidly evolving WhatsApp is but one face of the dramatic technological changes sweeping across the developing world. So many companies are working to bring affordable smartphones to the market, from China’s Xiaomi to the Silicon Valley’s Cyanogen, as many others, from China’s WeChat to Viber, push cheap communication services onto these devices.

These technologies face the usual obstacles—and WhatsApp is no exception. Though the app is expected to reach a billion users by year’s end, its push into voice calls could alienate many wireless carriers. If you have free internet calls, after all, you don’t need to pay for cellular calls. Some carriers may fight the tool as a result, says Allot associate vice president Yaniv Sulkes.

But the same could be said of messaging on WhatsApp. It too cuts into the carriers’ way of doing things. And yet, WhatsApp has thrived. It has so much traction in large part because it has cultivated partnerships with carriers, striking deals that bundle its app with lost-cost wireless services. According another Allot survey, about 37 percent of the carriers now have deals with WhatsApp or similar inexpensive Internet-based services—a sharp rise over the past few years. “More and more operators are adopting the strategy of ‘let’s partner with them’ rather than ‘let’s fight them,’” Sulkes says.

In the meantime, Facebook is pushing for somewhat similar arrangements, through its Internet.org initiative, that bundle limited Internet access with access to specific apps. Mark Zuckerberg and company have encountered some opposition to these deals. But the combined might of Facebook and WhatsApp will be hard for carriers to resist.

Video Next?

As WhatsApp spreads, Sulkes believes, it will keep pushing into new services. After rolling out voice calling, he says, it may venture into video calling. The app already lets you send files, including videos, and other messaging apps, such as SnapChat, already have ventured into video calls.

None of these tools—video calls, voice calls, file sharing—are new technologies. But not everyone has them. WhatsApp has the leverage to change that. The app has grabbed hold of the developing world in rapid fashion, and now it can serve as a platform for bringing all sorts of modern communications to the far reaches of the globe. Yes, there’s another major obstacle to overcome: so much of the developing world doesn’t have the network infrastructure to accommodate these kinds of modern services. But Facebook is set to change that, too.

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Whatsapp Calls on Iphone

Further Reading: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2015/04/21/whatsapp-voice-calling-ios/ and http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/21/whatsapp-gains-voice-calling/

WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging service owned by Facebook, has released a major update to its iPhone app today. The update includes the highly-anticipated WhatsApp Calling feature, which rolled out to every Android user late last month. The WhatsApp Calling feature is comparable to Skype and the FaceTime Audio service on iOS. Data charges may apply while using the WhatsApp Calling feature.

“Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls uses your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes,” said WhatsApp in its app update description. 

Unfortunately, The WhatsApp Calling feature is rolling out slowly so you may not see it right away. The new calling feature should be available for every iOS user within the next few weeks. Prior to launching WhatsApp Calling for Android, the messaging company ran a lengthy beta test.

WhatsApp version 2.12.1 also includes an iOS 8 share extension, a quick camera button in chats, the ability to edit your contacts right from WhatsApp and an option to send multiple videos at once. You can also crop and rotate videos before sending them. The iOS 8 share extension lets you share photos, videos and links to WhatsApp from other apps. And the quick camera button lets you seamlessly capture photos and videos or choose a recent camera roll photo or video.

WhatsApp Update For iOS / Credit: WhatsApp

How does WhatsApp Calling for iOS work? If someone calls you through WhatsApp, you will see a push notification from the messaging service showing who the call is from. Once you answer the call, you will notice that there are options to mute the call or put it on speakerphone. You can also send a message to the person calling you. If the WhatsApp Calling feature for iOS is similar to the Android app, then you will see a Calls tab that has a list of your incoming, outgoing and missed WhatsApp calls. Personally, I do not have access to WhatsApp Calling for iOS app yet.

Launched in 2009, WhatsApp started out as a simple group text messaging app. Four years later, WhatsApp added a voice messaging service. And then Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in February 2014. Several months ago, WhatsApp launched a desktop client called WhatsApp Web — which you can activate with an Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone or Nokia S60 device.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp hit 800 million monthly active users. WhatsApp has been adding about 100 million monthly active users every four months since August. In January, WhatsApp hit 700 million monthly active users. WhatsApp now has more users than every other messaging app, including Facebook Messenger. It took Facebook about 8 years to hit 1 billion users. Facebook now has about 1.4 billion monthly users and Facebook Messenger has roughly 600 million users.“

„After promising to deliver voice calling capabilities back in 2014, WhatsApp has finally delivered, introducing voice over IP features in its latest update. With the new version of the app, it’s possible for WhatsApp users to call friends and family directly within the app using a Wi-Fi or cellular connection at no cost.

The introduction of voice calling to the Facebook-ownedWhatsApp app puts it on par with Facebook’s other messaging app, Facebook Messenger, which gained voice calling back in 2013. It also allows the app to better compete with other iOS-based VoIP calling options like Skype and FaceTime Audio.

Today’s WhatsApp update also brings a few other features, including the iOS 8 share extension for sharing videos, photos, and links to WhatsApp from other apps, contact editing tools, and the ability to send multiple videos at one time.

What’s new
-WhatsApp Calling: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Data charges may apply. Note: WhatsApp Calling is rolling out slowly over the next several weeks.

-iOS 8 share extension: Share photos, videos, and links right to WhatsApp from other apps.

-Quick camera button in chats: Now you can capture photos and videos, or quickly choose a recent camera roll photo or video.

-Edit your contacts right from WhatsApp.

-Send multiple videos at once and crop and rotate videos before sending them.

WhatsApp can be downloaded from the App Store for free. The new WhatsApp calling feature will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks.“

Instagram, Facebook & largest social networks on mobile (smartphones)

As per of END OF 2011 these are the LARGEST SOCIAL NETWORKS ON MOBILE

Name User Country
Facebook mobile 425 M USA
Mobile QQ (Tencent) 200 M China
Sina (Weibo) 150 M China
RenRen 61 M China
iMessenger (Apple) 58 M USA
Mig33 55 M Singapore
Twitter mobile 55 M USA
Blackberry Messenger 50 M Canada
Mxit 50 M South Africa
Nimbuzz 50 M Netherlands
Skype Mobile (Microsoft) 40 M USA
Gree 35 M Japan
Instagram 30 M USA
Mobile Cyworld (SK) 25 M South Korea
Mobage Town (DeNA) 25 M Japan
Mocospace 22 M USA
Whatsapp 20 M USA
FourSquare 15 M USA
Mixi 15 M Japan

Quellen:
http://www.telekom-presse.at/Die_groessten_sozialen_Netze_nach_mobilen_Nutzern.id.19635.htm
http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2012/04/largest-mobile-social-networks-today-by-size-of-user-base.html