Last week, the world’s most used instant messaging service WhatsApp added a new feature to its already popular platform. The Facebook-owned company launched a video calling facility which allows users to see others while talking. Just a few months earlier in August, Internet giant Google launched its brand new video calling app called Duo. A month later in September, Reliance Jio went commercial with its telecom services bundling free access to its video calling application JioChat.
Hike Messenger’s new office at the Aerocity in Delhi was designed by Kavin Mittal, its 27-year-old CEO. That is in keeping with Mittal’s career choices; he chooses to build his own things. He could have joined any of the several businesses of Bharti Enterprises, which his father Sunil controls. But Kavin Mittal chose to build a new one, though he kept it under Bharti’s equal-stakes venture with Japan’s telecom and Internet giant SoftBank.
India, which is the largest market for the app, has about 80 million users of Truecaller. Truecaller, a caller identification app launched by Stockholm-based True Software Scandinavia AB, expects to double its user base globally to 300 million, with half the users expected to be in India, by the year’s end, chief executive and co-founder Alan Mamedi said on Tuesday.
Directi has launched an app, Ringo, which allows users to make overseas calls without the Internet, Wi-Fi or carrier minutes at rates that it claims are about 70% lower than those offered by mobile phone companies and credit based calls over Skype or Viber.
Microsoft’s Skype has announced that from November 10 it would stop calls from Skype to cellular or landline numbers in India. The calls between Skype to Skype users, using internet connection, would continue to work normally.