[/blockquote]WhatsApp video calling is one of the most anticipated feature, but if you ask the telecos, perhaps this might not be true that people love video calls since we’ve had MMS (MultiMedia Messaging) read as video calling support since as early as 2007 but was hardly a used feature on phones despite the several ads. Now we have more smartphones world over and WhatsApp is the number one messaging app with billions of users a calling feature wouldn’t hurt as well.
If you’ve become impatient waiting for the WhatsApp to roll it out, read on to discover how you can have a video call with any of your WhatsApp contacts right now. Booyah is an application that has beaten WhatsApp to the punch on its own feature. It brings the ability to conduct video calls between your WhatsApp contacts before any other app has on Android.
To use the video conferencing feature, the individual or group of contacts need to have Booyah installed on their devices. The interesting thing about this app is that only WhatsApp contacts can receive and accept invitations for video calls, differentiating Booyah from other video conferencing apps on Android.
People who have used the app report that it fairs better in calls limited to two people; group chats fell victim to poor audio quality at times. In both cases, the image quality was about average, comparable to Skype. Another point worth highlighting is the way calls are made. Instead of the application using a traditional direct connection, Booyah sends users a link inviting them to join the video call.
So the only notification that is sent to the invited users is a message containing a link to the video call, which will show up as a WhatsApp message notification. If a user doesn’t have Booyah installed, the message will be replaced with a link to download the app through the Google Play Store.
Download Booyah for Android
Booyah is now available for Android and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store using the button below:
We hope the developers can correct the problems with audio quality and optimize the way Booyah invites users in future versions of the app. But, for those who don’t want to wait for the official WhatsApp video call update, Booyah offers a solid alternative.