Twitter, or should we say X, has recently taken a giant leap in its quest to become a “super app.” In a groundbreaking update now available on the App Store, X introduces the ability to make and receive audio and video calls. This new feature is integrated into direct messaging, giving X a whole new dimension, making it a formidable competitor to apps like WhatsApp and Instagram.
The New Audio and Video Call Feature
With the latest update, X users can engage in voice and video calls seamlessly. This is a significant move for the platform, which was primarily known for its microblogging format. The introduction of audio and video calls adds a dynamic layer to the user experience, allowing them to connect on a more personal level.
Integration with iOS CallKit API
X has taken a step further by integrating these calls with the iOS CallKit API. What does this mean for users? Well, it allows incoming X calls to appear on the Lock Screen, making it even more convenient to respond to calls promptly.
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Managing Call Settings
For users who might be concerned about receiving calls from unknown or unwanted sources, X has provided options to manage call settings effectively. Here’s how:
- Open the X app.
- Tap on your profile picture at the top.
- Access Settings and privacy.
- Choose the Privacy and safety menu.
- Select the Direct messages option.
Customizing Call Preferences
Users can customize their call settings to tailor the experience to their preferences. You can choose to receive calls from:
- People in your address book
- Accounts you follow
- Only verified users
This level of customization ensures that you’re in control of who can reach you via audio and video calls.
Turning Off Audio and Video Calls
In case you prefer to keep your X experience strictly text-based or want to take a break from calls, X allows you to turn off audio and video calling with a simple toggle switch. Just select “Enable audio and video calling” to switch it off.
A New Approach in New Zealand and the Philippines
X is also piloting a new strategy in New Zealand and the Philippines. New accounts in these regions are charged $1 per year to access basic features such as posting and replying. This initiative aims to combat the presence of bots and fake accounts on the platform, enhancing the quality of user interactions.
Elon Musk’s Paywall Hint
Elon Musk, who has been actively involved with X, has hinted at the possibility of putting the platform behind a paywall. While the current $1 charge in certain regions is for basic features, this hint suggests a future where X may charge for more extensive access, potentially creating a premium experience for users.
X’s introduction of audio and video calls and its integration with iOS CallKit API demonstrates its commitment to transforming into a super app. With advanced customization options and strategic changes in select regions, X is not just changing its name; it’s changing the way we interact and connect in the digital world.