WhatsApp Updates – Olympic Emoji, Video Calling And Lots More!

For all of you out there whose thumbs are fused on to your smartphones screens to type out messages on WhatsApp, there are some brand new updates coming your way. Even better if you’re a sports buff (calling all couch potatoes!), because these updates include a range of emoji to celebrate the upcoming Rio Olympics. Additionally, you can look forward to spruced-up group invites, video calling features as well as better picture doodling options.

Rio Olympics emoji

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Released in v2.16.7 of WhatsApp on July 24, 2016, the Olympics emoji is supported by all versions of the app, but is currently available only on Android smartphones, with the iPhone to follow soon.

FixedSys font

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A new font called FixedSys has been introduced, which can be used for chatting, to distinguish a quote or code. However, the catch here is that before typing something, users would need to start and send a sentence with “` and no spaces between the first and last characters, such as: “`Here’s a new feature!“`.

Voicemail and call back options

When you make a voice call on WhatsApp and it either goes unanswered or is declined by the person you are trying to reach, you will now see three new round buttons – one of which is to cancel the call and go back to the conversation, one to place another call and the third one is to help record a voice message. This is a feature akin to leaving a voicemail message the way you would, with regular phone calls.

Zoom in/ Zoom out videos

While recording videos in the app, users can now zoom in and zoom out, which pretty much changes the way you can record videos. To use the feature, all you need to do is slide your finger up or down the screen to record. However, when you use this feature, recording automatically stops and will resume only once you have chosen your desired frame.

Large size emoji

Previously, it was only the heart emoji that could be sent not only in a larger size but also animated. Now, when an emoji is sent singularly, it will appear much bigger than it did earlier.

Chat editing options

A user can now mark chats in a quick-edit option on the bottom of the screen, which will allow you to select multiple chats in one go which helps you delete; archive or mark chats as read. The delete button can be used only for private chats, while you would need to delete group chats one at a time.

What’s in it for you?

For all of you WhatsApp users, these new features are definitely interesting, and whichever platform you use – whether iOS or Android – it will make your interface more interesting and engage you as the user. It’s only a matter of time before all the features go live, and give you even more reason to stay connected. So if you don’t have an updated version, it’s time to upgrade now.

Picture courtesy – deccanchronicle.com and express.co.uk


by techtalks @TechTalks August 8, 2016 10:38 AM UTC

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