India becomes top country to use WhatApp video calling feature

With over 50 million video calling minutes per day, India has become the top country for video calling via WhatsApp – a feature that was launched from India in November last year and rolled out globally to other countries.

India becomes top country to use WhatApp video calling feature
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A total of over 340 million video calling minutes are being recorded per day globally and users are making over 55 million video calls per day, according to the data provided yesterday by the Facebook-owned popular mobile messaging app.

Brian Acton with whatsapp co-founder jan koum
Brian Acton (right) with Whatsapp co-founder Jan Koum. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

"Video calling is one of the most requested features from people in India. We're proud to have the opportunity to launch this feature in India and look forward to seeing people use WhatsApp to talk to their friends and loved ones face to face," said Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder, WhatsApp.

In India, WhatsApp currently has 200 million monthly active users.

In November last year, WhatsApp announced the rollout of the video calling feature, enabling more than 1.2 billion monthly active users globally to make video calls across Android, iPhone and Windows devices.

The global launch event was attended by Neeraj Arora, head of business, WhatsApp and Manpreet Singh, product lead, WhatsApp, in New Delhi.

"We are constantly working to improve WhatsApp and expanding the boundaries with a focus on quality and we do not look at the competition," Arora told reporters.

WhatsApp is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages. With the video calling feature, WhatsApp is now competing with Microsoft-owned Skype and Google's Duo. It started with messaging and Group Chat six years ago and then added voice calling.