WhatsApp introduced another new feature to the messaging platform with the name “ WhatsApp video streaming ”. WhatsApp video streaming feature will allow users to watch a video as it streams, and not wait for it to download fully. Earlier one has to download the entire video to watch it. This is already part of the Android beta app, and it has now been rolled out to the main app as well.
It was reported late last month that WhatsApp was testing this new feature for its Android app in India. The feature will enable users to stream shared videos as they’re being downloaded. The feature has gone live. WhatsApp for Android users will now be able to stream videos shared with them as they’re being downloaded thus eliminating the wait.
The new feature WhatsApp video streaming works in multiple ways. If you have your app set up with your device its automatically download media when you get it, the message will start downloading to your device when it arrives and you will see the progress meter in the bottom to the left side of the display. Now, however, even before that video has downloaded, you will be able to start watching it. Then, once the download has completed, the progress bar will be replaced with a video duration indicator.
So, if you do not have the app set up automatically download media, you will still see the play button and you will be able to stream the video when it arrives, but it will not actually download to your device automatically. To make that happen, you need to tap on the download button on the bottom left-hand corner side of the display.
How to make WhatsApp video streaming calls:
Making a video streaming call is just like making an audio call: Just open a call chat with the person you want to contact and then select the Video Call option. The other person, for now, definitely need to have video calling for it to work otherwise you’ll get (problem) an error message.
Once the call is started, you can see and hear your correspondent (contact person). It will take us further testing to see the actual video quality but at first glance, it looks pretty good. In our test, my colleague Jackson used a Xiaomi Redmi 3 and I used a Nexus 6P, so rather good smartphones.
It is a simple process a simple tap on the screen, you can access your messages, for example within the application, or return to the menu and use your Android device for other purposes while continuing your call. Of course, if you do not keep the display of the call on the screen you can”t see the caller but only hear the audio. To see him/her again, simply reopen the window.
You can download the latest version of WhatsApp version 2.16.318 here. But remain patient; the feature is rolling out to all users (not just beta users anymore) in the coming days
Facebook has owned WhatsApp over 160 million monthly active users in India, close to 20 per cent of WhatsApp’s total 1 billion. The video-streaming feature comes after the world’s most popular messaging app WhatsApp rolled out video calling for Android, iOS and Windows users. Sadly video-streaming is Android only for now.
WhatsApp will also be ending support to smartphones running on older version of Android, iOS, and Windows 7 by the end of 2016. WhatsApp support will stop by the end of 2016 for those smartphones running on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, the iPhone 3GS and or any other iPhone still on iOS 6. However, the messaging app has extended support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, NokiaS40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.
So, whatever it stops voice calling and start video streaming on your latest smartphones.thanks for reading guys.