WhatsApp has also added some minor but important updates to its iOS app. Here in this article, we take a look at all these new features which have been rolled out by the instant messaging platform.
Dark mode on WhatsApp, which has been in the works for quite some time now, has been finally rolled out for users to experience. Android users on WhatsApp beta can use dark theme right away. WhatsApp also released this dark theme for its business app. However, it is yet to be rolled out on WhatsApp for iOS.
WhatsApp introduced call waiting support for Android and iOS users last month and as per the name, call waiting allows users to receive a WhatsApp while they’re on another call. Earlier, WhatsApp calls wouldn’t get through if the recipient was already on a call.
WhatsApp has also updated its group privacy settings for Android and iOS and now with this update, it has replaced the option ‘nobody’ with ‘my contacts except’ for group privacy settings.
So, essentially users will now manually choose contacts they wish to block from adding them to groups.
Perhaps the best feature which has been introduced is the WhatsApp’s fingerprint lock. It was only available to iPhone users who used Face ID and Touch ID to lock/unlock WhatsApp. It finally arrived on Android and this has now allowed users to use their phone’s fingerprint sensor for WhatsApp. Android users had to earlier use the third-party apps for additional privacy on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has been running its payment service in beta in India – the WhatsApp Pay in India already has a million users but then, this feature has not been officially launched. As per Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company will launch WhatsApp Pay for all users in the next six months. WhatsApp Pay will also be made functional in several other countries.