WhatsApp has announced a hoard of new features for the app, including animated stickers, QR codes, dark mode for the web and desktop app, improvement to group video calls, and the status feature on KaiOS.
WhatsApp says these features will be rolling out over the next few weeks. Features like the animated stickers and QR codes will be made available for both Android and iOS users.
Animated Stickers— WhatsApp has always launched features that are productive and that enhances the user experience. But the Animated Stickers feature makes your chatting experience fun. Users will get animated sticker packs to choose from and they can view, save, star, send, and forward the animated stickers once it is downloaded. But there is a slight lag that was reported by Wabetainfo and that can really put you off, the animated stickers play only once and lack a loop system. You also cannot replay it again.
QR codes— Gone are the days when you would require a person’s mobile number to add him to your WhatsApp as now with QR code feature you just need to scan and save their numbers. This makes the whole game a lot easier and time-saving, as you simply scan someone’s QR code to add them to your contacts. You don’t have to type out the numbers anymore.
Dark mode for the web- WhatsApp had released the Dark Mode for Android and iOS long ago but the much-awaited feature has finally come to the web version of the messaging app. Go ahead and have fun viewing your big screen in a dark mode!
Enhanced group video calls—WhatsApp had extended the group video call limit to eight from four and now it has also added some special features to it. Now you can focus on any one of your contacts by simply pressing and holding to maximize a participant’s video to full screen. A video icon has also been added to group chats comprising of 8 people or less, so now you can simply tap the video icon to start a group call.
Disappearing Status feature for KaiOS– WhatsApp has rolled out the disappearing status for KaiOS. The feature was already available to Android and iOS features.