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Poll: will the launch of WhatsApp video calls challenge Skype, Viber and others?

WhatsApp has - finally - rolled out video calling for more than a billion users of its mobile app. While that's good news for a whole lot of people, how could this impact on other messaging services that also offer video? Sure, each service has their variations but how many people want to keep multiple video calling messengers installed forever?

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Video calling is now available to all WhatsApp users / © AndroidPIT

WhatsApp has been late in adding video calling, with rival messenger services like Skype, Google Duo, Viber and Facebook Messenger all offering the option already. You could even consider Snapchat to be a rival in this category too. The big question is does the arrival of video calling on WhatsApp mean you'll now stop using these other services?

What's your current favorite app for video calling?
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Do you plan to test out WhatsApp's video calling?
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Do you think the launch of video calling will have a big effect on WhatsApp's rivals?
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What new features would you like to see WhatsApp or its rivals add to their apps? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • It'll all come down to how well it works and how well it's advertised. It's been in FB msg for awhile and i've only used it a handful of times, however I use Duo on a daily basis because of the clarity and reliability of it. If Whatsapp can pull that off with a clean UI people will make the switch.

  • To me, once I try the video calling on Whatsapp I might change my mind: But for now I'm stkcking with good ol' trusty Skype.

    But am I the only one who hasn't gotten the update yet? Seems like everyone else has.

  • I like Skype but you have to pay on some calls and whatsapp is free

  • storm 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I'm not a fan of video calls generally. Some occasional uses, but not my thing really.

  • I like others better, but WhatsApp win this competition upon announcement. They have the active user base.

  • Sanjai Joseph
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    2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I use both whatsapp and Skype for different purpose. I gave my Skype id for normal members and whatsapp id for online friends that i know more.

  • There should be a "disable incoming video-call" in setup!

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