WhatsApp It seems to have remained largely unchanged over the years as, unlike Telegram, Mark Zuckerberg’s app news is spontaneous. This does not mean that WhatsApp is not evolving, because the instant messaging application would implement 11 important new features.
Until a WhatsApp news reaches everyone, it will go through several stages: rumors and leaks, first beta test, and finally activation for everyone. The following updates have already been released and will be available soon.
These are the 11 WhatsApp news that are on the way
– Voice transcription
WhatsApp has been resurrecting its voice memo feature for quite some time, with a new recorder and player. Part of this enhancement will allow voice memo text transcription, which you need to use third-party applications.
So far, the tests we’ve seen with voice memos to text have been done on iPhone and through Apple’s speech recognition service.
It remains to be seen if the function ends and if WhatsApp will do it on Android.
– Better backup control
Specific, WhatsApp will allow you to choose whether to include photos, audio, videos, documents and other files in the backup., indicating the space that each file occupies.
Currently, WhatsApp backups are not subtracted from Google Drive storage, but that could change in the future, which makes sense with this new settings screen.
– More alternatives in Privacy
This will be one of the most important privacy changes of WhatsApp in recent times: it will be possible to selectively hide profile photos, last connection time and information of some of your contacts.
To do this, WhatsApp will introduce an option to add “My contacts, except …”, which allows you to keep this section visible to everyone except the people you specify.
WhatsApp has already started enabling this setting in beta, but it will take time to reach everyone in the world.
– WhatsApp for Tablets
One of the most anticipated features of WhatsApp is the version for iPad and Android tablets.
The new multi-device mode of WhatsApp will now allow you to chat without depending on your mobile device, although in a first phase this is possible in WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop and on the mobile device.
It is expected that later it will be possible to use it to use WhatsApp at the same time on mobile and on iPad or Android tablet.
– Themes in WhatsApp
A new feature that we do not have details about yet, but which we hope will be completed, is the possibility of changing the color of the interface, to customize the appearance of the application.
A few months ago, WaBetaInfo reported that the application was working to allow users to change the color of certain interface elements such as the accent color displayed on buttons and text, although we have not heard from the news since.
– The “Nearby Businesses” function is implemented
One of the rare innovations confirmed directly by the company is the directory of nearby companies, a kind of yellow page integrated directly into the application.
Under the names of nearby companies and accessible when starting a new chat, will show the companies that use WhatsApp Business around you and differentiated into categories.
This directory has already started to be tested in Brazil and it remains to be seen if it will spread to the whole world.
– WhatsApp on various mobile devices
Rumors indicate that indeed a future version of the WhatsApp multi-device mode will allow you to register a second mobile device as a paired device, remaining encrypted and independent.
– Reactions to messages
WaBetaInfo told us that WhatsApp is preparing to react to messages, that is, the ability to choose emojis to reply to messages.
From what we can see, they work the same as on Facebook Messenger or Instagram.
Basically With a long press on a message, you can select any emoji to reply to the message without saying a word. The other person will receive a notification that their message has been replied to.
– Communities in WhatsApp
WhatsApp communities are one of the most mysterious news, since we do not have too many details at the moment about what exactly they will be or how they will behave. At first glance, they look a lot like groups.
Rumors suggest that communities will be a way to group WhatsApp groups by topic.
In this way, a community can accommodate different groups on more specific topics.
– Delete messages without defined time
Currently, If you regret sending a WhatsApp message, you have exactly 68 minutes and 16 seconds to change your mind and delete the message for everyone. This has been the limit since removing everyone from WhatsApp in 2017.
However, recently there have been indications that WhatsApp may be eliminating the delay in deleting messages.
That is, you can technically delete any message you have sent at any time.
– Pass chats between an iPhone and Android
This year, WhatsApp surprised us by opening the door to cross-platform WhatsApp chats, which it made possible first with Samsung’s new foldable phone and the next with the Google Pixel 6.
Chats can only be transferred from iPhones to a small number of Android phones, but that will change soon.
First, Google announced that it can be done with any mobile phone with Android 12 and, in addition, the opposite step is still pending: transferring chats from Android to iPhone.