Watch your back, Skype - video calling may be heading to WhatsApp

Plus chat tabs and a fresh lick of paint

FaceTime, Skype and Facebook Messenger mean it has been easy to video stream conversations with your phone for quite some time. But one of the most popular messaging apps, WhatsApp, has been missing the feature.

But according to German website Macerkopf, the next version of the iOS app will bring in a video calling feature, which will later roll out to Android devices.

You'll be able to make and receive video calls over Wi-Fi as well as 3G and 4G. You'll then be able to switch between both the front and rear-facing cameras.

About time

WhatsApp will also soon add chat head tabs - meaning you can switch between conversations more easily, much like Facebook Messenger – but it's not clear if it will come in the same update as video calling.

Along with a fresh green paint job, the update is expected to hit the App Store in build 2.12.16.2. We're currently on update 2.12.12, but we expect it to land in the coming weeks.

The Android version likely take a bit longer to come out, however, and there's no word on which build will see the new features first.

Facebook owning WhatsApp means none of this is a huge surprise. But these steps make WhatsApp even stronger and a real competitor to the likes of Skype and even Apple's FaceTime application.