Facebook owned cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp announced a major feature upgrade today.
Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp has finally updated its app with dark mode feature.
WhatsApp block chat screenshot feature
The feature will be coming soon to Android via a beta update. Tech website WABetaInfo has unfurled news of Android beta version 2.19.106 update.
The feature will be bundled with WhatsApp authentication feature. Now, along with using the fingerprint to authenticate the identity, users can also prevent users from taking the screenshots.
In future, when the user will enable the feature, he won’t be able to take screenshot of his chats. It’s however interesting to ascertain why WhatsApp is such keen to integrate this feature with the authentication feature.
It’s still unclear when the feature will be live for the users and how fast WhatsApp is heading to its rollout.
WhatsApp new doodle UI
WhatsApp is also working on to improvise its authentication feature and bringing new UI for doodle. In case your phone has the beta version of WhatsApp, then updating the app will be showing up the new doodle UI. Unfortunately, its Authentication feature is still under development.
The new doodle UI we are talking about will have a separate tab for stickers and emoji. The stickers on the UI are grouped by Favorites and Category so that users can find them easily.
The WhatsApp Dark Mode Feature is in its early stages of development and will take
WhatsApp v2.19.30 has brought new emojis categories bar that can be found inside the emoji
Whstapp Reply Privately Feature
The feature will allow users to privately reply to a person in the group. The reply will be sent only to the concerned person opening a separate chat box.
It’ll be a private message that no one in the group can see. You can take it up like a private chat that can be accessed in a group. Using the feature, you can escape trouble of leaving the group for a while, moving to the concerned person’s chat and then replying to the message.
A report published in WaBetaInfo said that the Whstapp Reply Privately Feature is available for Android users using the version 2.18.335 of the beta app. The feature will roll out for all with the next beta version 2.18.336/337.
The report didn’t open up without whether the chat has been opened privately or within the same group chat window. The feature will come up with the two options, one that shows ‘Reply privately’ and the second ‘Message XYZ’.
So, we assume that the ‘Message XYZ’ will work in two ways: Either it will take the user directly to the original chat or maybe it might allow the user to just reply on the group itself.
The Whstapp Reply Privately Feature can also be used to privately reply to old messages in a group where the send messages feature is on ‘Only administrators’.
Whstapp Reply Privately Feature
WhatsApp for iOS Brings Latest Updates
Lets dive deeper into these new WhatsApp feature for iOS:
WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection feature:
After hitting Android, the feature is now available for iOS users as well. The feature, as name implies gives users ability to detect Suspicious Links sent in messages. WhatsApp marks a link in the message suspicious if it found that link dubious. Moreover, the user is alerted with a message if he tries to open the link. Alongside the feature, WhatsApp has also released a new FAQ related to the Suspicious Links feature.
WhatsApp Notification Extensions:
This is another unique feature that iOS users get with the latest WhatsApp update. The feature is exclusive to the users having iOS 10 and newer. Using the Notification Extension feature, users can preview the photos and GIFs in notifications and download the media directly from notification. To enable the media preview to work, it’s required to swipe down on the notification.
WhatsApp Beta for Windows
Facebook owned WhatsApp is now testing a new group description feature for Android and description
WhatsApp Update Version 2.18.22
Another feature that arrives in the update is the ‘@’ mentions button in group chats. The @ button will enable users to traverse through unread messages in which you were mentioned. WhatsApp for Android already rolled out the voice to video toggle feature last month.
The WhatsApp v2.18.22 update has been listed on iPhone App Store along with a changelong status that reads:
WhatsApp Payment Feature Arrives
The feature is reportedly available for the WhatsApp users using the WhatsApp version 2.18.21 for iOS, and version 2.18.41 for Android. The integration would indeed be a solid boost to digital payments if comes in a full swing.
GizmoTimes reported that the WhatsApp payment feature is currently available to select users of the beta app in India. Users can access the feature in a chat window through the Attachments menu. The option is given alongside other options such as Gallery, Video and Documents etc. When user clicks Payments option, a disclaimer window, followed by a list of banks to choose from.
Now user can select a bank account to connect with a particular UPI. In case you don’t have an UPI account, you will be asked to create one through the UPI app or your respective bank’s website/ app.
Similarly, you will be promoted to create an authentication pin if you haven’t yet used the UPI payments platform. To send/ receive money via WhatsApp, it’s a pre-requisite that both sender and receiver must have the WhatsApp Payments feature. Since the feature is being tested and still under development, some users may face difficulties in linking their bank accounts to the app.
WhatsApp has finally announced its new app that’s ideally designed for small businesses.
WhatsApp Testing Voice
WhatsApp UPI Payment Feature Coming this December
WhatsApp UPI Payment feature will allow WhatsApp users send or receive money to or from their contacts. The feature, as reports emerge, is in the final stage of development and will be rolled out soon.
The report suggests that the WhatsApp is testing in-chat payment option and will probably launch the feature sometimes around December. Once WhatsApp completes beta testing in November, the feature would be fully rolled out by December.
WhatsApp is already in talks with financial institutions to ensure smooth and successful roll out of WhatsApp UPI Payment feature. The company hasn’t disclosed the details of the discussions going on.
WhatsApp UPI Payment feature would surely be a serious threat for other players in the Indian digital payments ecosystem such as Paytm.
WhatsApp Delete for Everyone Goes Live
To recall, the WhatsApp Delete for Everyone allows users to recall a message (delete the message) both from sender’s and recipient’s end. The feature comes handy in situations when you send a text and later regret. It’s also helpful when a message accidentally reaches to someone it was indented to.
However, the WhatsApp Delete for Everyone Feature works only if the message has been deleted within 7 minutes of sending it. If you try to delete a message after 7 minutes window offered, the option ‘delete for everyone’ won’t appear. In that case you only will be able to delete the message from your chat Window.
How WhatsApp Delete
WhatsApp Group Voice Calls Coming Soon
WABetaInfo confirmed that 2.17.70 beta WhatsApp update will be coming with group calls feature. WABetaInfo took Twitter to confirm the news:
“There are a lot of
WhatsApp Picture-in-Picture Feature and Text Only Status
The feature is pretty simple to use. To send a message while a video call, all you need to resize the video calling screen till a comfortable size.
Once you get both the screens in front of you, you can perform talk as well as send messages simultaneously. After resizing the video call screen, it appears at one side of the mobile screen, while the background will be that of the chat box. You can drag video calling screen to any corner of the phone screen.
Another noteworthy feature that the update brings is a ‘text status updates feature.’ The feature enables iOs and Android users to set text messages as their status like they did with pictures and videos. Till now, Android and iOs users were only able to set a video or a photo as a 30-second short status.
Users can also choose a robust and eye candy background color behind the text, similar to what we are currently seeing on Facebook. Notably, like video and photo status updates, text status too will be expired after 24 hours.
With the testing being rolled out, WhatsApp seems ready to enable merchants and small businesses communicate with users.
With the latest update available for WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.17.285, you can see if a contact is verified by the company.
WhatsApp Testing Verified Business Profiles
A green badge, shown next to a verified business name, indicates that that the business’ phone number and address has been verified by WhatsApp.
The information about the verified contact will be available in the business information section. The section will display details like address of the business, the real name of the business, e-mail address /website and company’s Instagram address.
A conversation between merchant and user will be reflected in yellow, and user can’t simply delete the message from the chat. However, user can mute or block a business chat anytime. WhatsApp may also allow unverified business users to connect existing users and businesses via push messages in the form of public service announcements.
It’s yet to be seen how WhatsApp is implementing the WhatsApp Verified Business Profiles feature. It will also be very interesting to see how businesses stand to gain or differentiate themselves from normal user profiles. Stay in touch to know latest updates about the feature.
WhatsApp ‘Text Status’ Feature Updated
The feature enables users to use different background colors for text status updates that were previously rolled out by parent company Facebook.
WhatsApp in its official noting said that users of its WhatsApp Status feature can now use different background colors and customize fonts for their text-based status updates. Users can also include links in their text status updates. As stated, the feature went live on Monday for iPhone, Android and WhatsApp for web users.
Ever since it was launched, the WhatsApp text feature helped users in many ways. The major advantage of the feature is that it enables WhatsApp users to let their friends know about the location of an event or give them vacation recommendations. You can tweak privacy settings to limited the users who can see your text status update.