Italian iPhone blog iPhoneItalia has posted screenshots of what seems to be an upcoming VOIP call feature of WhatsApp.
Here is a translated portion from the post:
The new version of WhatsApp will not be very different from today. However, the news hidden in the update are likely to really change the cards on the table. In addition to the news already known for some time, such as the introduction of new wallpapers, WhatsApp has been working hard to bring (finally!) VoIP calls within the application, launching the challenge to Skype and the like. We have already been able to prove a first (and rather sour) beta of the new WhatsApp in which they are active VoIP calls. Here’s what the interface to call a friend through this service!
Also, the founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum said, “We’re adding voice to WhatsApp so people can stay in touch with friends and loved ones no matter where they are in the world.” He added, “We use the least amount of bandwidth out there, and have optimised the hell out of it. We’ve made sure the quality is there, though, just like the messaging functions of WhatsApp.”
Along with voice calling, the new WhatsApp update will also feature a quick camera button that lets you access your gallery and camera instantly to share photos or videos.