7 WhatsApp Updates You Need To Check Out
The world’s quickest growing instant messaging application, WhatsApp has received a slew of updates over the past month, with the latest addition released on Tuesday. Here are the eight latest updates to the app, which every user must check out right away.
1. Video Calling
The newest of additions is video calling, which effectively cuts out the need for apps like Skype, Google Duo and Viber. Available across all mobile platforms, video calling through the app is fairly easy. Just click on the telephone receiver icon and you will see and option for either voice or video calling.
2. Added Flash for Photos and Videos
For taking videos or capturing images using the front or back camera, in low light conditions, WhatsApp has added a ‘Flash’ feature, which brightens the screen. Users can also switch between cameras by double-tapping on the screen and zoom in and out by sliding two fingers up and down.
3. Added Image Editing Features
You can now add emojis, text and doodles to your photos through WhatsApp. This feature is popular among Snapchat users.
4. Send and Receive GIFs
Yes! You can now even send GIF’s from WhatsApp by adding them through your ‘Gallery’ which can be found under the ‘Attachments’ tab. To use this feature, both users must have the latest update.
5. Tagging in Group Chats
WhatsApp has added the ability to tag individuals in group chats, so that users do not miss out on important messages amidst hundreds of texts. Type in ‘@’ and then select the person you wish to tag from the list that pops up. Even if a group is muted, these mentions will automatically provide the targeted individual with a notification.
6. Format Your Texts
While this feature has been available for a while now, most people are unaware of how to use it. There are three format options to choose from, bold, italics and strikethrough. These can be used by adding an asterisk (*) before and after your word for bold, adding an underscore (_) at the beginning and end of the word for italics and adding a tilde (~) before and after a word to strikethrough.
7. Quote Messages for Clear Replies
In a detailed chat, it is easy to lose track of what message you are replying to. By long-pressing on a text, you will see an option for ‘Reply’. Here you type your response and hit send. This will show your reply placed with a clip of the text that you are answering.
With so many new features, WhatsApp is certainly evolving and looking to keep up with the times.
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by techtalks @TechTalks November 25, 2016 9:16 AM UTC