When WhatsApp sold to Facebook for a mind-blowing 19 billion聽dollars in 2014, you bet your bottom dollar Mark Zuckerberg knew what he was doing. The app聽is one of the biggest messaging apps in the world with 900 million users as recently as September 2015. And they鈥檝e implemented free voice calling and launched聽a desktop version all聽just earlier this year. But they have even bigger plans for 2016.


Now we鈥檙e learning that the messaging giant plans on going head-to-head with FaceTime by taking on video calling. A leaked image procured by German tech and Apple rumor site Macerkopf shows that internally, WhatsApp is currently beta testing the video calling feature and it looks a lot like the iPhone鈥檚 own FaceTime 鈥 but the difference is you鈥檒l be connected to WhatsApp鈥檚 900 million monthly users without the iPhone-only limitation. There鈥檚 also a miniature self-facing camera window that you are free to move around the screen when you鈥檙e connected on a call.

No word yet on when the video feature will launch, but what we do know is that WhatsApp is currently on version聽2.12.12 and聽as far as word on the street is at the moment, version聽2.12.16.2 is the beta that is being tested at the moment, so we鈥檒l just have to be patient.

In the meantime, start prepping for your close up.

Will you be testing out WhatsApp鈥檚 video calling feature? Tweet us @BritandCo!

(h/t Cult of Mac, photo via Macerkopf.de)