WHATSAPP is bringing three new features to the hugely-popular app that will dramatically change how you interact with friends.
The Facebook-owned company currently has three
huge features in beta testing that will surely be
rolled out to its user base of over 1billion people.
WhatsApp has pleased its users this year by
incorporating a host of new features into its service.
Back in April the company implemented a long awaited
setting to allow users to demote an admin in a group chat.
The feature allowed an admin to be demoted without removing them from the chat entirely.
Then in May WhatsApp for iOS was updated to support
inline Instagram and Facebook video playback, meaning
users would not have to leave the chatting client to
consume content from the social networks.
But now three new huge features are on the horizon for
WhatsApp and will drastically change how the messenger is used.
Media visibility was rolled out by the messaging service before but was removed for reasons that are still unclear.
But now WhatsApp has added the feature back into the
latest beta version of the messaging client.
Users already have the option to chose if they would like
to have media saved to their device after having received
it from a friend or family member.
But media visibility allows users to select which specific
contacts they would like to save media from and which
they would prefer not to.
The beta version of the app displays the “media visibility”
option when the user goes into the settings for a specific contact.
Group video calls are another feature currently in beta for the Facebook-owned company.
The highly-anticipated feature was showcased at
Mark Zuckerberg’s F8 developer conference earlier this year.
Although the beta programme for the feature is currently full,
it surely won’t be long before it arrives for all users.
The group calling feature allows WhatsApp users to
call up to three other people at once.
Once in a call the app will split the application’s screen into three segments.
Two callers will be placed side by side at the top half
of the screen while the third person in the call will have
the bottom half of the display to themselves.
The move from WhatsApp follows Apple’s announcement
of Group FaceTime that will debut in iOS 12 allowing
up to 32 people to enter a video call at once.
It is currently unknown if the Facebook-owned company
will beat the tech giant to the market with its new feature.
WhatsApp Payments is a feature set to allow users to make peer-to-peer payments seamlessly through the messaging client.
A spokesperson for the Facebook-owned company revealed
earlier this month the app was testing the payments
feature with just shy of a million users in India.
They stated: “Today, almost one million people are
testing WhatsApp payments in India.
“The feedback has been very positive, and people
enjoy the convenience of sending money as simple
and securely as sending messages.”
WhatsApp has partnered with New Delhi’s government
and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
as well as banks in the country to make the feature possible.
Although an exact release for the feature across the globe
has not been disclosed, it surely won’t be long before US and UK
users are making seamless peer-to-peer payments through WhatsApp.