WhatsApp update: Should you update your WhatsApp? Five features you could see this year

WhatsApp update: Should you update your WhatsApp? Five features you could see this year

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular chat platform, boasting 1.6 billion users. Part of WhatsApp’s appeal are the regular automatic updates it offers, helping it stay ahead of rivals such as Facebook Messenger. The messaging app has more exciting features in store for its users – here is what you can expect.

WhatsApp will introduce multi-platform support, allowing users to simultaneously work with the app on different platforms.

WhatsApp Web lets users access the chat app anywhere where there is internet access.

It remains limited, however, as it only mirrors the existing app and does not have any distinct features.

The new multi-platform feature will reportedly arrive as a standalone app for the Apple iPad.

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Make WhatsApp calls with Google Assistant:

The Google Assistant will shortly become integrated with WhatsApp on iOS.

WhatsApp iOS users are currently restricted to sharing text messages through Google Assistant.

However, the new feature, already on Android, will let iOS users also make audio and video calls.

Android users can launch using the feature by simply updating the WhatsApp and the Google Assistant app.

Once done, launch Assistant and say: “Hey Google, WhatsApp video (insert name).”

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WhatsApp for iOS to support audio playback in notifications:

An audio playback feature will let users play audio shared via WhatsApp from the notification pop-up.

This means users can soon play an audio file or voice message directly from the notification, without opening the app.

Playing a voice message does not immediately send the play receipt, but it will be sent once the user opens WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp web album update:

WhatsApp on mobile groups images and videos sent in an album format.

But the same does not happen when multiple images or videos are shared on WhatsApp Web.

WhatsApp is now reportedly in the process of rolling out web album for desktop users.

Boomerang videos for WhatsApp update:

WhatsApp will soon receive Instagram’s Boomerang feature.

This will allow WhatsApp users to play a video on a loop.

Boomerang will be available in the Video Type panel along with the convert to GIF feature.

Express.co.uk has contacted WhatsApp to comment on these reported updates.

Published at Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:10:00 +0000