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WhatsApp gets one of its biggest update

Image result for WhatsApp gets one of its biggest update\WhatsApp has launched a new feature that promises to change the way you use the messenger app. The company's new feature will allow users to share photos, videos and animated GIFs with friends and family, all of which will disappear in 24 hours.

9 'new features' of WhatsApp

9 'new features' of WhatsApp
Call back
GIF sharing support
GIF search
Video calling
Enhance images with doodles and emojis
Optimized video-calling feature for India
Support for 10 Indian languages
Share 30 media files at once
'Send' messages even without internet

9 'new features' of WhatsApp

When it comes to instant messaging apps, there's hardly a name that's more well-known that WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned cross-platform app is the most popular instant messaging service out there, and more than one billion people across the world use it on a daily basis to communicate in real-time and share everything from photos to videos.

But WhatsApp isn't just about textual conversations and media sharing, not anymore. Thanks to continued development, the app now boasts numerous other functionalities.

Want to find out more? Here are 9 relatively new features of WhatsApp.

Call back

Often miss the 'call back' feature when making WhatsApp calls? WhatsApp has finally heard you.

With v2.16.189, users get a 'call back' option in the app. The feature appears on the app screen after a call is declined.

GIF sharing support

Sharing images with a group of friends is fun, but sharing animated GIFs is even better. And with WhatsApp, it's easy to do.

All you have to do is select a GIF saved on your smartphone and send it to the contact/group with whom you'd like to share it. Shared GIFs appear with full animations.

GIF search

You can not only share GIFs on WhatsApp, you can directly find them as well. The app recently started rolling out GIF search support to its beta app on Android.

After update, users can search for different types of GIFs right within the app itself. The same feature was rolled out to iOS users back in November 2016.

Video calling

Looking for a feature-loaded Skype alternative? WhatsApp is all that you need. The app now supports video-calling functionality that lets you have video chats with your contacts.

To do so, simply open up a WhatsApp conversation with the contact you wish to video call, tap on the call icon on the top right corner and then select the Video Call option.

Enhance images with doodles and emojis

Taking a cue from rival Snapchat, WhatsApp now lets you personalize the photos by overlaying emojis or doodling on them before sharing them with others.

All you have to do is take a picture right from the app's built-in camera interface and these new editing tools will appear on the photo for quick customization. So go ahead, unleash your creativity.

Optimized video-calling feature for India

WhatsApp claims that its video-calling feature is optimized for telecom networks in regions like India.

The company's vice president of business development Neeraj Arora recently told Economic Times, "How we have built this product is just like voice calls, which is if you have a great network condition - a Wi-Fi or 4G - it will be HD quality, and you start moving to conditions which are not that great, it will be slightly low resolution, we hope it will still work but the quality will go up and down a little depending upon the quality of the network.”

Support for 10 Indian languages

WhatsApp can be used in 10 local Indian languages.

Neeraj Arora, its VP of business development, said, “The important thing to note here is a lot of this work has been done by our own users. It’s crowd sourced, a lot of users were passionate about using WhatsApp in their own languages so we gave them a tool to help us translate WhatsApp in their own language.”

Share 30 media files at once

Post a recent update, WhatsApp has increased the maximum number of media files that can be shared with other users at one time to 30. Earlier, the maximum number of shareable media files at a time was 10.

The new features are available for Android users on WhatsApp's beta version 2.17.6 and are expected to be rolled out to everyone soon.

'Send' messages even without internet

Apple iPhone users can now 'send' WhatsApp messages even in areas of poor or no internet connectivity. The feature, which has already been there in Android smartphones for some time now, was rolled out to iOS devices days ago.

With the update users get the queue messages feature. This means that users can send messages to an individual or group even when there is not connectivity and the message will be automatically delivered once you get connectivity back on your iPhone (or any iOS device).
9 'new features' of WhatsApp
Call back
GIF sharing support
GIF search
Video calling
Enhance images with doodles and emojis
Optimized video-calling feature for India
Support for 10 Indian languages
Share 30 media files at once
'Send' messages even without internet

The feature which is similar to Snapchat Stories is being rolled out to WhatsApp's 1.2 billion users across AndroidiOS and Windows Phone platform. Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp, wrote on his blog, "Starting today, we are rolling out an update to status, which allows you to share photos and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp in an easy and secure way. Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted."

In April 2016, WhatsApp announced that it is using end-to-end encryption in all communication between users. "This new and improved status feature will let you keep your friends who use WhatsApp easily updated in a fun and simple way. From all of us at WhatsApp, we hope you enjoy it," Koum added.


The feature has been rolled out just days before WhatsApp's 8th birthday, which fall on February 24.


Earlier this month, WhatsApp started rolling out two-step verification feature for all users. It adds an extra layer of security to a WhatsApp account by requiring a secondary method of authentication. The feature aims to prevent others from activating a phone number on WhatsApp without a six-digit passcode.
"Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account. When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you created using this feature," the company said on its official blog post.

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