After confirming that WhatsApp will get a new VoIP calling feature, the company seems to be already working on adding the new functionality to its iOS app, iPhone Italia reveals by showing leaked images of the purported VoIP interface of the application. The publication also says it was able to test a beta version of the app.
Apparently calls can be made both over Wi-Fi and 3G, and the interface has a similar appearance to the default Phone app. Buttons for muting the microphone, returning to the regular messaging interface of WhatsApp, or switching to speakers are available, as well as a button to end the conversation.
Furthermore, the name of the other person in the VoIP call is shown on top alongside the contact’s phone number and associated photo. A “WhatsApp Call” notification right at the top reminds users that it’s a VoIP call rather than a regular cellular conversation.
Calls can be started right from chat, and instant messaging can continue while the call is made, as shown in one of the screenshots shared by the publication. iPhone Italia also says that the app will request the user’s permission to use the microphone in order to make VoIP calls possible.
Finally, a camera button has been added to the keyboard interface in order to allow users to take a quick photo or video while messaging.
The publication did not say when the app will be released on iOS or Android. Screenshots showing the VoIP UI follow below.