WhatsApp launches updates for iOS, Android beta: see what’s new

WhatsApp launches updates for iOS, Android beta: see what’s new

January 26, 2023 at 05:25
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WhatsApp is also working on a voice status feature

WhatsApp is rolling out certain improvements to the iOS and Android apps. However, the changes are currently limited to their respective beta channels.

In the iOS version, the popular instant messaging app will now display an alert whenever you forward media with captions.

For Android, meanwhile, the platform provides haptic feedback by reacting to messages.

There’s more here.

Why does this story matter?

  • WhatsApp is constantly working to improve the user experience. It should, as it has become the most popular app, according to recent statistics, and has registered more than two billion users worldwide.
  • Even if the latest beta updates offer minor changes, these features certainly do not go unnoticed when using the app.

This is what the iOS beta update offers

When you forward an image, video, GIF, or document with a caption, WhatsApp will now raise an alert that the media and captions are forwarded together. This will happen when you first send the message.

You also have the option to remove the title before sharing the message.

This is a part of the iOS beta update.

What’s new with the latest Android update?

With the Android beta update, WhatsApp has introduced haptic feedback by reacting to messages using emojis. Users will now be sure that their responses have been recorded.

The option to react to messages was introduced in June 2022, and WhatsApp has made a couple of improvements since then.

These include a preview of the reaction within the chat and the selection of additional emoji.

Keep an eye out for these upcoming features on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is also working on some new features, including voice statuses and the ability to send photos in original quality, without compression.

The app is developing an option, for the iOS 16 version, that will allow users to extract text directly from images.

Block shortcuts, accessible from the chat list and notification panel, were recently released in the iOS beta channel.

WhatsApp created a native beta application for macOS

WhatsApp has also developed a native beta app for macOS which is now available to download from the official website. Once the installation is done, you will have to scan the QR code to link your WhatsApp account.

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