WhatsApp is working on a series of new functions that will be released in the coming weeks and which will help improve the utility of the application
The developers of WhatsApp are always at work and although it seems to us that the application remains the same, in reality, there are small or large changes that escape our eyes. Closed the dark mode chapter that made its debut in March, now the developers are focusing on new features that will arrive shortly or that have already arrived for a few weeks. The outbreak of the pandemic and the boom in all messaging apps have focused on WhatsApp’s efforts on some very useful new tools. Here are all the news on the app
WhatsApp, video call limit increased to 8 participants
The most important news concerns the new limit for group calls and video calls which has been increased to eight. It may seem like a minor change, but in reality, it is not so, especially at this time where millions of people use WhatsApp to video call parents, grandchildren, children and relatives scattered throughout Italy. The previous limit was four people and was considered somewhat limiting by users.WhatsApp has listened to the feedback and in a short time has increased the maximum number of people who can participate in video calls. For the moment the functionality is only available in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android and iOS, but soon it should be released for everyone.
The new stickers from the WHO (World Health Organisation)
WhatsApp and the World Health Organization have entered into an agreement to face this complicated period together. There are several activities done together by the WHO and the application: a number has arrived to stay informed (and which we will talk about in the next slide), and new stickers are also available for use in the chat. The name of the new sticker pack is evocative: ” Together at home “. The over 20 stickers urge you to stay at home in this complicated period and in addition help us to describe with an animated image of how we are living.
WHO – WhatsApp: the number to stay informed
Another initiative that bears the signature of the World Health Organization. For a couple of weeks now there has been a bot that answers users’ questions about the spread of Covid-19. To interact with the WHO on WhatsApp, add the number +41 22 501 78 34 to the smartphone’s address book and then write a simple “Hello” message on the app. An automatic response will appear explaining how to get information on the spread of Covid-19, on the correct use of the templates and debugging on fake news…
Stop forwarding messages
Another tool arrived in this period and designed for Covid-19. With the outbreak of the pandemic, fake news spread on WhatsApp has also increased considerably and is forwarded from one chat to another. To limit the “false news contagion” WhatsApp has decided to limit the messages marked as “Frequent” (marked with the double arrow icon) to a single forwarding.
Self-destructing messages It has been
talked about for several weeks now, but WhatsApp has not released the functionality even in the beta version. The developers are working on a new tool to be included in group chats and perhaps also in “one to one” chats to ensure that messages self-destruct after a certain period. It is still not clear how it works, but it will surely be revolutionary in many ways.
WhatsApp, same account on multiple devices
Other functionality in work. WhatsApp is trying to find ways to use the same WhatsApp account on multiple smartphones. As you well know, each SIM card is associated with a WhatsApp account and if we have multiple numbers it is necessary to create a profile for each one. The developers want to put a brake on this activity and allow the use of the main account on all devices.
Advertising on WhatsApp – Coming Soon
will come, but not when. WhatsApp is trying to find a way to monetize the practically endless audience of users. The solution to the study is to insert advertisements within the States, bringing the experience with Instagram Stories to WhatsApp. However, this is not a function that will arrive shortly. Rather. First, there are a number of features that have higher priority than advertisements.
WhatsApp Web turns black
We close with a creation that will make those who use WhatsApp from the PC happy: the dark theme is also coming for WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop. The release of the update should take place in the coming weeks and users will be able to decide in the settings if the functionality will arrive.