If there is one platform which Indian smartphone users couldn’t part away, is WhatsApp. The instant messaging app in India has more than 200 million active users, which is a huge number considering the smartphone penetration in the country.
The numbers are still growing rapidly as per the reports released by the company. And it would make sense for the instant messenger to introduce new tweaks. We have created this one-stop destination to track all the latest tweaks released by the brand.
Update (17/09/18): WhatsApp is working on a dark mode for its iOS and Android apps
With more apps getting Dark mode, it was about time that world’s favourite messenger gets this feature. Lately, WhatsApp has been quite aggressive with frequent updates, which is one of the reasons why its users must be expecting a dark mode pretty soon. As per the tweet shared by WABetaInfo, the Facebook-owned IM is gearing up to release the dark mode for its two of the most popular platform apps.
If you own an OLED friendly smartphone, Android or iPhone, I won’t have to tell you how impressive the black colour turns out on those displays. So, if you’re looking to get an early crack at this feature, the best way is to sign up for the beta program. Would be interested in this dark mode feature? Or you’re more of a bright person. Drop your feedback in the comments section below.
Update (11/09/18): WhatsApp is now available on JioPhone and JioPhone 2
WhatsApp is widely used as a messaging tool in India and when a phone like JioPhone which is quite popular in the country doesn’t come with WhatsApp support. It worries people. Which is why Reliance in partnership with WhatsApp has finally introduced the IM messenger on its Jio Store. The new app that is released today comes with a support for KaiOS. This announcement was done by WhatsApp on its official blog.
Talking about the app, it offers all the features like sending texts, photos, and videos as other platforms. It also allows recording and sending voice messages directly from the app. It is unknown whether they would be able to make voice or video calls like one can do on the Android and iOS apps. One important point that the company highlighted is that all messages are end-to-end encrypted. This app can be downloaded from the AppStore on both JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
Update (16/08/18): WhatsApp announces unlimited backup support on Google Drive starting November 12
WhatsApp has been the pillar of communication among citizens of many countries as it offers one of the fastest and easiest ways to communicate free of cost. Of course, keeping aside the data costs, the app doesn’t ask for any monthly fees. With so much data being shared on the WhatsApp, we all like to keep the back up of those conversations.
Further, the increased consumption of images and videos via WhatsApp made it quite data consuming in terms of backup. Considering not all who back up their contents on Google Drive have opted for higher storage options. Since Google charges for the higher storage plans. But WhatsApp users don’t have to worry about that anymore. The Facebook-owned messaging platform has come to a partnership with Google.
This partnership has resulted in Google keeping out the storage quota count from the Google users drive storage. Note that this applies to only users who are on Android. As the iOS uses iCloud to backup the WhatsApp data. The company recommends its users to back up their chats before November 12. This will avoid any loss of dated backups, which users have not touched in a while. It is also recommended to take a daily backup if recurring data rates is not a problem, of course.
Update (03/10/18): WhatsApp PIP mode will allow users to play YouTube and Instagram videos in a chat
WhatsApp has been introducing a lot of new features on its instant messaging platform. The past couple of weeks have seen this pace increased. It is probably the result of an announcement at Facebook’s F8 conference earlier in May this year. If you have been wondering about when PIP (Picture-in-Picture) mode coming to Android. Well, your wish could be fulfilled sooner than you think.
According to the reported posted by WAbetainfo, the PIP mode is in the pipeline and could arrive at your Android phones soon. The report states that makers have been facing development challenges to offer a seamless experience. WhatsApp preaches a smooth feature work out, which may be the reason for the delay of the feature on Android. Whereas the iOS users enjoy this feature.
Once this feature is rolled out to Android users, they should be able to play YouTube and Instagram links received in the personal or group chat.
Update (31/07/18): WhatsApp latest update rolls out group calling feature for video and voice
WhatsApp has been quite actively improving its platform this year. The Facebook-owned messaging platform has introduced the much-awaited feature – Group Calling. If you have been waiting for this feature to arrive on WhatsApp, then, the time has come to enjoy group calling with your friends and family. This feature is now available on both Android and iOS platforms.
To check whether you have received this update or not, we suggest calling up your contact. Once the call is initiated, look for a button to add the new contact. You can group video call up to three people, which is currently the limit. Meaning four people can have the group video call on WhatsApp. Note that group calling is available for voice as well.
I have tried this feature and it works like a charm. If you have not received this update yet, we suggest updating the app on your phone. And even after that, the button doesn’t arrive. Then, you’d have to be patient, it should show up when next time you initiate the video call.
Update (20/07/18): WhatsApp could limit forwarding messages to five chats in India to counter the recent lynchings
WhatsApp is no doubt a powerful messaging tool that is used by millions of Indians across different states and cities. This is as good as a bad thing when it comes to news. Because the instant messaging platform has been experiencing a widespread of fake news. The mass forwarding feature on WhatsApp is accounted to be the initiator of the fake news.
That is why the Facebook-owned messaging platform is under pressure from the Indian government to handle this menace. Earlier this week, the company ran front full page ads on leading newspapers in India to keep its user base in the country aware of the fake news on its platform. It urged its users to share information after fact-checking.
Another attempt to control this menace could be the forward message limitation. WhatsApp soon could be testing a new India-specific feature to limit the forward to only five chat windows. It could also remove the quick forward button next to media messages. Thus, at least reducing the number of forwards done by its Indian communities.
Update (17/07/18): WhatsApp teases a preview of its Stickers feature on the latest beta version
At its F8 conference earlier in May, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced that it would be introducing the stickers features on its mobile apps. Today, on its latest beta release, the 2.18.218 version, it brings a preview of the upcoming sticker feature. Posted by a Twitter user that goes by the handle, @WABetainfo, the screenshot of the new features gives us a glimpse of what’s coming on WhatsApp.
While many popular instant messaging platforms like LINE, WeChat, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Allo recently introduced stickers on its respective apps, WhatsApp has been lacking this feature for quite a time. It is about time the stickers arrive on WhatsApp.
According to the information shared by the above-mentioned twitter handle, we know that there would be a WhatsApp Sticker Store. And whenever there is an update, the plus button will indicate a green dot.
Who is excited to try out the new stickers feature on WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments section below.
Update (10/07/18): WhatsApp wants you to fight against false information on its app
Ever since WhatsApp has woke up to its fake news menace, the company has been pushing out updates quietly to its user base to tackle the situation. Today, the company has sent out a list of points on how to tackle the false information news. The company has done this by running front page ads on leading newspapers. It is unknown whether this has been done worldwide, or in select regions where its service is used to the widespread fake news.
This is in line with company’s plan to roll out the beta feature where forwarded messages would be marked by a moniker. The Facebook-owned instant messaging app has requested its user base to double-check the facts before sending the forwards. The ad states that they should question the information presented to them on its platform.
Below you can read the complete set of points that WhatsApp wants to convey to its users.
Update (13/06/18): WhatsApp introduces labels to distinguish between forwards and original messages
While we still await the group video calling on the WhatsApp, the company has rolled out an update that was due for a long time. With the version number 2.18.179, it’s now easier to distinguish the forwarded and original messages.
WhatsApp now labels the forwarded messages, so that it’s easier to understand whether the message you’ve received was composed by the sender or was forwarded by them.
Note that this forwarded tag would be visible by both recipients as well as senders. To test this feature makes sure that you’re on the latest version of the app. Since this is still in beta, you must be enrolled in the beta version. As an alternative, you can download the APK file from APKMirror and sideload the app at your own risk.
There is one more feature introduced with this version number called New Media Visibility. It will allow users to hide the WhatsApp Media content on their phone's gallery app.