The WhatsApp staff had a busy year with lots of features and improvements. In addition to taking numerous steps to stem the spread of fake news on its platform, WhatsApp has introduced group video and voice calls, adhesive support and even the payments option this year. We've taken a memory lane to recapture all the new features that WhatsApp has introduced in the last three months. This includes the new sticker release, Picture-in-Picture mode and Swipe to respond to Android users, new notification extensions, and the new Silent mode as well.
Private answer for Android beta users
WhatsApp recently introduced a new feature called Private Reply with its 2.18.355 beta release and essentially allows users to send messages to a participant in a group without letting others in the same group know. To use the WhatsApp Private Reply feature, keep the message from the sender to which you must respond in a particular way. Also, tap the three-point menu in the upper-right corner of the application. Here you will receive the Private Reply option. After choosing the option, the selected message will be opened privately in the sender's chat window in the form of a response thread. To use this feature, download the latest version of the Android beta application after becoming part of Google Play's official beta program.
Late last month, the instant messaging platform began releasing support stickers for all Android and iPhone users. In addition to using the standard stickers WhatsApp offers, users can also download separate sticker packages directly from Google Play. Labels are separated into three categories – Clock, Star and Heart. The watch section of the sticker flap takes you to the latest stickers, the star icon takes you to your favorite stickers and the heart icon will take you to categories like love, happy, sad and dramatic. To learn more about the adhesive feature, how it works and how to send a sticker, read our detailed explanation here.
Consecutive voice messages playback on iOS, support for iPhone XS Max
With version 2.18.100 for iOS users, WhatsApp has the ability to automatically play consecutive voice messages in a sequence, so users do not have to press play for each instance. The update, released in October, also provided support for the largest 6.5-inch screen of the iPhone XS Max. This allowed WhatsApp to take advantage of the large screen and take up full screen space, allowing users to read more messages and view more media.
Silent mode for Android users
Recently, WhatsApp for Android has also introduced a new "Silent Mode" that hides notification points for disabled chats. This means that if you skip a chat in WhatsApp, you will not see how many new messages you received in that chat directly from the WhatsApp icon on your Android smartphone. Previously, notifications of dropped conversations also counted for counting unread messages. They say the new feature is already enabled by default. However, it is not available in the form of an option in the Settings menu, so you can not manually disable the feature if you want to return to the old behavior.
Holiday mode seen in tests
WhatsApp is also working on the "vacation mode" that causes archived chats that have been silenced to remain archived when a new message arrives in those chats. Currently, WhatsApp automatically unarchives an archived chat as soon as a new message is received in that chat. This behavior will apparently be controllable through WhatsApp notification settings for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. This feature was discovered by the beta tracker WABetaInfo.
Linked accounts detected on test
WhatsApp is also working on a Linked Accounts feature that will allow users to link their account to external services. Although the option appears to be primarily targeted at WhatsApp Business users, it can also reach the standard version of WhatsApp. It is said that the Linked Accounts option will be available under WhatsApp Profile settings and will initially support Instagram as an external service. You will need to enter your credentials once by tapping the Instagram list in the Linked Accounts option. This will link your WhatsApp account to your Instagram profile. This feature was also seen by WABetaInfo tipster.
Delete for all settings
WhatsApp also recently updated the rules for the "Delete for Everyone" feature to make the experience better than before. WhatsApp has updated the "Recipient limit" to restrict the deletion of a message if the recipient does not receive their revocation request within 13 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds for any reason, even if the phone is inactive. This means that if you try to delete a message that you sent to your contact using the Delete for Everyone feature in WhatsApp, it is deleted only if the recipient receives the revocation request within 13 hours, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds. Notably, you can delete a WhatsApp message for everyone within the previous limit of more than one hour, although the recipient needs to receive the revocation request by opening the chat containing the message within the newly created limit. This new change was supposed to be a server-side upgrade.
Picture-in-Picture video feature for Android users
After introducing it to iOS users earlier this year, WhatsApp finally released the picture-in-picture video feature for Android users in October. It arrived for Android users with the 2.18.301 beta, allowing them to watch Instagram, Facebook and YouTube videos in a small window within the messaging application itself. Essentially, it means users will not have to go to Instagram or YouTube or Facebook apps to see a video sent by a contact. With PiP support, Android users will be able to tap into a YouTube link and open the YouTube video in the app itself. It will allow the user to view the video and continue browsing WhatsApp, in different chats, simultaneously.
Slide to respond feature for Android users
Just like in PiP mode, the "Swipe to respond" feature also reached iPhone users much earlier than it does for Android users. WhatsApp for Android users received the feature last month and is designed to let you quickly respond to your messages in the instant messaging app. WhatsApp users can now use the simple swipe gesture to respond quickly to a message. All you have to do is pass any individual message to the right to respond to that message in WhatsApp. The message will be placed just above the text box to help you easily refer to it along with your response. Previously, you need to tap and hold the specific message, and then press the reply option on the top bar to reply to a message. New gesture support makes the experience faster because it helps you quickly respond to a message from an available thread. Also, it is useful especially if you are responding to a message in a WhatsApp group.
Inline MessagingStyle notifications spotted in testing
WhatsApp is also testing support for embedded MessagingStyle images for the notifications panel. WhatsApp also used to display online images in previous notifications, but now appears to support the new MessagingStyle notification format for expandable and expandable online images in the future. This feature, seen in beta, works only on a device that runs Android 9 Pie and allows WhatsApp image notification to be expanded and collapsed to display the image preview. The rest of the text messages will appear as they used to above and below the image preview. This does not work for GIFs and videos, and they still appear on a small icon notifying the user that they have received it, but they will not be scalable or expandable for viewing. When an image is shared in a WhatsApp group, the photo still expands for viewing, but when collapsed it shifts to the right with the group icon next to it.
WhatsApp arrives for Jio Phone users
WhatsApp also expanded its portfolio by launching JioStore for Jio Phone users. Application support for Jio Phone users arrived in September, and claims to have end-to-end encryption as well. The application also allows users to record and send voice messages. Users can also hold conversations in groups. However, it does not allow users to make voice and video calls directly. The app also does not allow users to make payments – one of the key features recently coming on Android and iPhone devices.
New search option for Status tab for iPhone users
In September, WhatsApp introduced a new search option for the Status tab. With the new status search feature, iPhone WhatsApp users can search for specific contacts and their status updates directly on the Status tab. If the timeline in your status has many contacts posting updates, you can find specific status updates with the new quick access feature.
Notification extension for iPhone users
The WhatsApp for iPhone version 2.18.90 also introduced a notification extension feature that allows users to view images and GIFs directly in the notifications panel. When you receive images or GIFs, you'll either have to use 3D Touch or swipe left in the notification and tap "Preview" to view the media from the notification. Notably, this feature is only available on iPhone models with iOS 10 or higher.
Suspicious link indicator for phone users
The same update also added a suspicious link feature for iPhone users. This feature basically marks a & # 39; Suspicious Link & # 39; whenever a contact sends one to you. This update should warn unknown users of a suspicious link before opening it. WhatsApp will also alert the user once more by looking for unusual characters if they try to open the link.
Whatsapp backup changes
In late August, WhatsApp updated its FAQ page to announce that backups will no longer be counted toward the Google Drive storage quota as of Nov. 12. This helps Android users use the space available in Google Drive to store important files and data in addition to regular WhatsApp data. . While there are no restrictions on the front of Google Drive to back up your WhatsApp data, you still need to meet the minimum requirements that include a Google account enabled on your phone along with Google Play services. The device also needs to have enough free space to back up Google Drive. It's worth noting here that the media and messages that you back up in Google Drive are not protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption, although they are protected by Google encryption.
Redesigned report layout for Android users
WhatsApp has also reshaped the Report layout available for individual and group chats. As part of this rework, a new alert box is now displayed that prompts the user to block the individual contact or exit a specific group – in addition to deleting messages in the conversation. With the update, you'll be able to keep chat history for those groups and chats informed, which was previously not possible. To access the new Report feature, join the group or the individual chat you'd like to report. For individuals, click the three-point menu and select View Contact. Scroll down and click Report. Under WhatsApp groups, click the three-point menu in the upper-right corner, click View group info, and select Report. This new feature was seen in Android beta in August.
Routing Message Limit Changed for Indian Users
In an attempt to contain the spread of fake news, WhatsApp also introduced a limit of forwarding messages, especially for Indian users. He introduced a forward chat limit for five chats to over 200 million users in India. Overall, the company allows users to forward messages to up to 20 chats (individuals or groups). At the time of the announcement, WhatsApp said that with the new changes, which it will continue to evaluate, "it will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed: a private messaging application."
New features of WhatsApp Business
The social application recently also announced two new developments for the WhatsApp for Business application. First, the Facebook-owned company is opening the WhatsApp Business API for more business, with the goal of reaching potential customers on a large scale. Companies can use this API to send personalized notifications with relevant non-promotional content, such as delivery confirmations, appointment reminders, event tickets, and more. These messages will be charged at a fixed rate; and rates would be between half a cent to 9 cents (about 34 paisa to Rs. 6.18) per message, depending on the country. The API can also be used to respond to customers free of charge – however, companies will have to pay to respond to messages after 24 hours of receiving the customer's last response. Second, Facebook ads have also received a new click on the WhatsApp shortcut to connect advertisers to users – however, this feature will initially not be available in India.
WhatsApp Group video, voice call
Last but not least, the WhatsApp group video and voice calls were also official for Android and iPhone users. The feature was under test for over a month and does as the name suggests – but the number of people accepted in a group is limited to only four. This new group call feature is something that allows users to join and make VoIP calls, which makes it especially convenient considering that the platform is widely used in India.