A takeover from Facebook seems to have done some real good to Whatsapp which is the world’s most popular chat app. WhatsApp has consistently been adding new features to its iOS and Android apps. You will now be able to scribble on pictures, make video calls, click pictures in the dark and make voice calls.
Now, the latest beta version of its Android app (2.16.264) has been updated with two new features – the selfie flash for capturing better photos in low light or in the dark, and Snapchat-like feature to doodle on top of photos where one can add emoticons too.
The messaging platform is reportedly looking to add a host of new features to iOS as well. The iOS 10 users will soon be able to make voice calls and send messages using Siri. iOS 2.16.10 will also have video calls and GIF support. A host of new features are in the pipeline including one-finger video zoom, which will be available only while taking pictures via WhatsApp’s camera and also a front facing flash.
Let us have a look at the features in detail.
WhatsApp’s new editing tool is similar to that of Snapchat which will allow users to crop, add stickers and scribble on pictures after clicking them from the app’s camera and also add stickers. Spotted on the Android Beta version of the app, there’s a whole new bunch of stickers including arrow sign, balloons and some of the most popular emojis. These features come with an undo option to reverse changes along with a a colour palette to choose colours from while drawing with the pencil or scribbling.
Clicking pictures with WhatsApp’s front camera is supposedly going to get better with its screen flash which enables the user to get better pictures in low-light conditions. The feature, lights up the screen while taking pictures in the dark or low light conditions.
Another feature is that of a one-finger video zoom which would make it easier for the users to zoom in and out while recording videos. This feature enables the users to simply slide their finger up for zooming-in and down for zooming-out. First seen on Snapchat and Instagram these features only work with WhatsApp’s camera.
Siri, Video Calls and GIF support
WhatsApp’s video call feature was first spotted on Android beta version some time ago, but was later taken down by the company.
Looking to integrate Siri to its platform for iOS 10, Whatsapp users will now be able to send out messages and make voice calls directly via Apple’s virtual voice-assistant. A WhatsApp button will show in contacts to make the call or send a message and users will able to reply to WhatsApp calls directly in the lock screen.
Among the host of updates, WhatsApp has also recently added the voicemail feature that lets the user send a voice mail to recipient if the call is unanswered or rejected. The company also added a quote feature which is similar to that of Twitter, allowing users to reply to messages with a quoted text.
With all these new changes rolling out WhatsApp is just getting better with every new update.