New Delhi, Nov 16: Facebook-owned WhatsApp has over 1.3 billion users, out of which around 250 million are in India. The messaging app is apparently one of the best chatting apps and the company regularly adds features to make the service more useful and fun. These features first reach the WhatsApp beta testers before public roll out. WABetaInfo- a renowned WhatsApp update tracking website regularly reports the upcoming updates.
Here're some of the upcoming features that will be rolled out in the coming time:
WhatsApp ‘Swipe to Reply’
Swipe to reply is already available for iOS users and It was recently spotted in Android beta version 2.18.300, suggesting it will be soon be rolled out for Android users as well. The feature will allow users to quickly respond to a message by simply swiping right side, that will directly open the message in the reply. This will save the time of long pressing a message and clicking on the reply icon to reply
WhatsApp ads for Status
WhatsApp plans to add advertisements to the Status feature, which will reportedly be similar to Stories on Instagram. WABetaInfo claims that the messaging app plans implement ads on the iOS version. The company officially insists that ads on Status for iOS will not weaken the end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp ‘Biscuit’ sticker pack
This was announced at Facebook’s F8 conference earlier this year. So the messaging app will have its own set of stickers. According to WABetaInfo, sticker preview was available for WhatsApp Android beta version 2.18.218.
Reply Privately feature
The ‘Reply privately’ allows users to reply privately to a contact who share the same WhatsApp group. After this update, if a user selects a contact for options then they will get ‘reply privately’ option, after selecting this, WhatsApp will open a private chat with the selected contact. The feature will also work for the old messages as well and also for groups where 'Send Messages' setting is set to “Only administrators”.
Earlier in the week, Vice President of the WhatsApp, Chris Daniels on Wednesday said the company is going to put advertisements in its "Status" feature."We are going to be putting ads in 'Status'. That is going to be primary monetisation mode for the company as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp," Daniels told reporters here.Daniels, however, did not give any timeline to this development that has been in the news for some time.
WhatsApp's "Status" feature allows users to share text, photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.
WhatsApp Group video calling
WhatsApp introduced video calls in 2016, but it was limited to two participants. The messaging app has now decided to add group video calling to its iOS and Android users supporting up to four people. The new feature is engineered to work under slow network conditions offering calls in end-to-end encryption, like all chats on the messaging app.
How to make a group video call
To start a group call, the user must start a video or voice call with one of the contacts, once connected, the user will see a button at the top-right corner of the screen that will allow users to add another participant to the call. If the third user accepts the call, the names of all participants will be shown with a comma separating them. In this way, users will be able to add up to four people in a video or voice call. But before this users need to download the latest version of the WhatsApp app via Google Play Store and Apple App Store.