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Can you hear me now? WhatsApp voice calling update is on its way

The instant messaging app is set to up its game and begin rivalling the likes of Viber and Skype
The instant messaging app is set to up its game and begin rivalling the likes of Viber and Skype

WhatsApp is set to update its technology to capitalise on its huge and ever-increasing user-base around the world.

The instant messaging app is set to up its game and begin rivalling the likes of Viber and Skype by introducing voice calling. 

WhatsApp users will soon be able to make free calls from within the iOS version of the app after the new feature was utilised for Android earlier this month. It will soon be available for Apple users. 

The app's calling features will rely on a Wi-Fi or data connection and won't use carrier minutes, Mashable says. Thus, as with Viber, users will be able to make international calls without any extra charge for doing so. 

WhatsApp has grown exponentially in the last two years and now has over 800 million users worldwide. In 2015 alone so far it has grown its users by around 100 million. 

This remarkable growth is symptom of the diminishing and traditional SMS which has dominated mobile phone use since the 90s. 

Among other updates being rolled out in the "next several weeks" is a "quick camera" button, which allows you to shoot and send photos and videos from within WhatsApp messages. In addition, you can crop or rotate photos and videos before you send them.