WhatsApp has introduced a new feature likely to strike fear into the hearts of its competitors: video calling.
After months in the beta stage, the Facebook-owned tech giant rolled out the update on Tuesday to its more than one billion monthly users.
The latest feature could be bad news for rivals such as Skype and Apple’s Facetime, as Whatsapp ups the ante in its effort to position itself as a one-stop-shop for communications. Users will be able to make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices in the coming days, according to a statement posted on the company’s blog.
The new functionality looks similar to the normal voice calling feature, however a picture-in-picture feed will allow you to see yourself and who you’re talking to.
“Today we’re excited to announce the next step in our efforts to connect people – WhatsApp video calling,” the statement read.
“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks.”
Video calling is one of several new additions to WhatsApp’s feature suite in recent weeks.
In October, the company rolled-out a feature that allowed users to draw on images, similar to functionalities found on Snapchat, Instagram and iMessage
GbeeNabu!! Your mouth is bigger than Jay Z – Yaa Pono tells Shatta Wale
Tema-based rapper, Yaa Pono has said that Dancehall act, Shatta Wale has a bigger mouth than American rapper, Jay Z.
Yaa Pono during a beef with Shatta Wale in February last year released a song, ‘Gbee Naabu’ jabbing the dancehall artiste that his lips were big.
Shatta Wale in a recent video that has gone viral emphatically told those talking about his lips to take a chill pill as according to him, popular American star, Jay Z has bigger lips than him.
The ‘Ayoo’ hitmaker also mocked Yaa Pono stressing that he is a failure in the entertainment industry.
But Yaa Pono reacting to Shatta’s comment on Adom FM’s ‘Ofiekwanso’ insisted that ‘Jay Z doesn’t have a big mouth. He only has big lips. Shatta Wale has a big mouth and there is a difference between the two…,” he told Andy Dosty.
Pono further lambasted Shatta for putting out such videos because ‘it is very useless for such a top artiste to put a video like that. Our fans are more of ghetto youth and there should be a respect….’
He further advised Shatta Wale to desist from such acts and focus on his career.
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The organisers explained that the event will showcase performances from over 10 of the biggest Ghanaian music stars like Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, King Ayisoba, Edem, Kwaw Kese, Tinny and a host of others.
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