- It’s now easier to start group voice and video calls. Just tap the call button in groups or select "New group call" when starting a new call in the calls tab. Group calls support up to 4 participants.
- When you receive a link to a video from places like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, you can now play it right within WhatsApp. With picture-in-picture, you can keep watching the video while you chat.
- You can now reply to a group message privately in your 1:1 chat.
- Open the WhatsApp application.
- Hit the three-dot menu button and select Settings. 3.
Group calling in WhatsApp Messenger has been around for quite a while now, and with the newest update released for the app, it becomes a lot simpler. Before giving you all of the details about it, below is the changelog for version 2.19.118 that has been posted on the Play Store and on which you should take a glimpse at.
The newest WhatsApp beta packs the initial version of the long-awaited dark mode, but it can't be enabled (V2.19.82 beta)
There have been numerous rumors flying around the Internet about WhatsApp bringing a dark mode since last year, and yet here we are finally with proof. As you may know, @WABetaInfo is the guy who loves tearing down WhatsApp updates and posts his findings online. His latest discoveries do come for version 2.19.82 beta update and consist of screenshots that showcase the upcoming and currently work-in-progress dark theme for WhatsApp's Android app as well as one more not so exciting feature.
The current implementation of dark/night mode, as shared, is still in development and there is no easy way to enable, though, @WABetaInfo has been able to successfully get it working. The screen grabs posted on his blog clearly show that WhatsApp is betting on a very dark background color and not black, which, I am sure, many of you would prefer instead....
As recently discovered by @WABetaInfo, the first keyboard app to add support for this feature is Google's own Gboard. According to him, the feature has been enabled in WhatsApp since December 12 to give Google time to work on their implementation, though as of now there are no possibilities to try it out until it goes live in the following weeks....
WhatsApp to bring Fingerprint and Face authentication options, plus a separate section for sending audio files (v2.19.x betas)
Okay, so to begin with, the first beta, in particular, is version 2.19.1, which indeed bakes inside of WhatsApp a custom section that is dedicated for sending audio files, that also happens to have abilities such as playing back those types of files, showing album arts, and lets you upload maximum 30 files at once. Comparing this to the way sending audio works now, it is a much better approach. Instead of going through the hassle of choosing a third-party file manager, or music player to do the same task, and from time to time seeing the annoying "You may not have a proper app for viewing this content" message, finally a solution is on its way.
The next "innovation", is the upcoming inclusion of biometric security support for devices running Android 6.0 and above, spotted in version 2.19.3. Enabling the fingerprint/face identification toggles inside the Authentication section in the settings will completely block all kinds of access to the app (no locking for specific chats though) unless authorized....
Videos in picture-in-picture mode and private replies from group chats rolling out with WhatsApp 2.18.385
WhatsApp's updates and feature roll-outs are quite hard to keep track of, but we are doing our best at making sure that you get informed about anything new and worthy as soon as it becomes available. Meanwhile, the 2.18.385 beta release can be downloaded from the Play Store and it comes with two important features, but before everything, let's see what the official changelog says.
Here we are yet again with another WhatsApp Messenger update to test out thoroughly. This particular beta brings many changes to the way emojis look and fixes sticker related issues that were appearing for some users using prior versions of the app.
The total number of redesigned emojis is 373 and all of them have some minor, but still noticeable tweaks. For example, some of them now have lighter shadows, brighter highlights, different colors and object alignments. All of these changes result in overall more pleasing, though flat-looking emojis....
WhatsApp 2.18.373 beta expands the new group calling shortcut to more users, adds multi-file sharing and sticker search too
We are once again greeted with a new WhatsApp Messenger beta update for Android, which packs some hidden features that may come in handy in the future when they get launched, while the version number gets a number bump to 2.18.373.
Multiple file sharing
For your information, in version 2.18.66 they have actually enabled for all early adopters multiple text file sharing that required you to share a text file at least to two or more contacts from another application. Seems like their next decision is to expand this functionality by adding support for other kinds of file formats, which is currently under early development. Based on insight information shared by @WABetaInfo, you can preview audio files before sending them, which is convenient, but it raises this question - Can we preview other types of files and when will this be released officially?
Group call shortcut
We covered in our last WhatsApp report about versions 2.18.362 and 2.18.363 the new shortcut for group calling. You can see what it is and how it works from here....
WhatsApp is testing consecutive voice messages and a new group calling shortcut in beta versions 2.18.362 and 2.18.363
Discovered by @WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is indeed in a testing phase for two new features in the latest beta versions of their Android app. The corresponding updates have build numbers 2.18.362 and 2.18.363, with the most up-to-date one at the time of writing being v2.18.364, which has not introduced any notable changes that we are certainly aware of.
Consecutive voice messages
Let's say that someone has sent you two or more voice messages in a row. Whenever you hit the play button to start listening to the first one, with this feature set in place, the WhatsApp app will go ahead and play all of the other voice messages in the particular chat that are consecutive, without you needing to start each and all of them manually. Other than that, it will give a short audio signal to notify you when a voice message has ended, before switching to the next one in the queue....
New WhatsApp betas bring Unicode 11 emojis and search, private replies in groups, and forwarding previews
WhatsApp Messenger, after the release of Unicode 11.0 back in June this year, finally joins the party of the first companies to include support for it in their proprietary software products. Version 11.0 is possibly the biggest improvement emojis have ever seen, with hundreds of new ones and many skin tone variants for those with faces. There are some interesting ones such as the raccoon, hippo, DNA and superhero/supervillain emojis. You can also check the full list of all of the additions to the Emoji 11.0.
Search for emojis
One weird thing that I came across with WhatsApp v2.18.349 beta is that the new emojis do not show up on my device....
The newly released sticker pack support for WhatsApp opens up a whole new world for Android developers and enthusiasts. They can now develop their own sticker packs for everyone's beloved messaging app with pretty much no extra work involved. For our first look at this feature and some great news, please visit "WhatsApp stickers come to life in the latest betas, the official rollout is on its way".
To start with, there are a handful of things you have to download first. WhatsApp has provided source code for a sticker pack sample app on GitHub, which at a later time you will have to import into Android Studio and build your own one on top of it....
Even though a little late, WhatsApp now also joins the party of apps that have added support for sticker packs in the form of the latest beta releases. The updates you should be looking for are coming with version number 2.18.329 and above, that are enabling sticker packs. But WhatsApp developers are in some kind of a server-side testing mood, so it is not available for everyone as of now. They also announced that this feature will go live for everyone over the coming weeks, so be on the lookout.
As we mentioned above, the stickers feature is being enabled through a server-side switch, but besides that, there are two other ways to trigger it....
WhatsApp is growing its functionality and it finally got a swipe to reply feature. It allows you to use a swipe gesture to reply instead of a long tap on the message plus button tap.
Everything which helps you to deal with your day to day activity faster is a very good improvement. This feature becomes even more helpful in groups when you want to reply to the specific message.
In order to use this feature, you will need to have the latest beta app....
First introduced by Snapchat in October 2013, Stories got widely implemented across all social media platforms. WhatsApp also joined the party in February 2017, but with a rather different name for the same feature, while every other competitor uses the 'Stories' moniker. This resulted in Statuses not being as popular, so it faded away.
These aside, we are going to see what WhatsApp Statuses offer in terms of functionality, which is quite limited.
Below are the different options available for editing photo and video Statuses....
WhatsApp is a feature-rich messaging app. but the issue with it is that its design is dated and it lacks support for a dark mode. Based on an information released by @WABetaInfo on Twitter - the person, who often does teardowns of the app, it looks like there are references for a dark mode in the works, which will come for both IOS and Android.
By this date, we do not have any other evidence, but [@WABetaInfo] proved to be a well-known leakster and the infos he shares are legit. He has also shared a dark mode concept for WhatsApp on IOS which looks dope....
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