What's new at WhatsApp?

By Sricharan R Published on Jul 11, 2017 02:26 PM IST

Popular messaging app WhatsApp is being used by over 1.2 billion people worldwide and 200 million in India alone.

The Facebook-owned company always keep its competitors on toes by releasing new features every few weeks. In 2017, we saw the status being overhauled, however, there were many other small updates that did not get much attention.

Things like increased media sharing limit to video streaming let us take a look at some of the new WhatsApp features released this year until now.

Status

This new feature was rolled out to all users globally in February. This at first replaced the old text form to allow users to change their status to a short video or multiple photos that will automatically disappear in 24 hours. Even though this feature was clearly introduced to combat Snapchat competition, it overhauled the way users interacted on the app daily.

Limit of media

As WhatsApp is one of the primary platforms for media sharing people find it really difficult to send it in batches. The limit was first at 10, and this increase to 30. It was first spotted in Android beta, but was later rolled out on all platforms eventually.

Recall/Revoke

This feature is still not out in the stable version, but has been spotted on various occasions. The many possible forms it could arrive would allow users to recall or un-send messages they have been sent.

Two-step verification

With this, users are now able to verify their number when they install the app on a new device more securely. Users will have to provide a six-digit passcode when registering their phone number with WhatsApp again.

All file type transfer

The company is slowly rolling out support for all types of file transfers. This new feature will now allow you to share video in a wide variety of formats, MP3 songs or even APK files in the app.

Return of text status

After the introduction of the new Status feature, support for the old Text Status feature was ended. This created a huge uproar among users, and the feature was then brought back on popular demand.

Video streaming, photo filterĀ 

Recently WhatsApp introduced some features to elevate media sharing. This includes photo bundling into an album, video streaming and photo filters.

Live location feature

The Live Location sharing feature was spotted on Android beta, hinting that it will make its way to WhatsApp soon. This will presumably turn location sharing on as a broadcast enabling contacts to see each other on a map.

Money roll

The Government of India has recently approved UPI payments through this messaging app. This wil ensure easy payment transactions.