A recent announcement by X (formerly Twitter) stated that it will add a video and audio calling feature to the platform, which was first hinted at in early July by X designer Andrea Conway. It has since been revealed that references to the functionality have already been added to the app’s code, and there are hints that it is expected to be included as a paid feature with active X Premium subscribers.
As first revealed by Chris Messina In Threads, information within the app’s code displays a list of strings, detailing what the app will display when receiving calls, along with allowing users to choose who can call them, and whether calls will be enabled for that profile.
Furthermore, Chris goes on to show a piece of code that specifically addresses how “Audio and video calling is a premium feature.” And users should “Sign up to get access.” It’s still unclear if this means you can only initiate calls as a premium user, or if you have to be a subscriber to receive them.
In recent months X has added a host of new features to its premium subscription service to attract more users since the rebrand from Twitter. They include limiting previously free tools as well as proposing that the entire platform be subscription-based. It also removes features like Circles, which will be removed by the end of October.
Meanwhile, Meta continues to develop its rival platform, Threads, adding more and more features in an effort to attract users from X to its platform while competitors, such as Bluesky and Mastodon, have seen modest amounts of new signups since Musk took ownership of X (formerly Twitter).