After Mark Zuckerberg has purchased the instant messaging application, WhatsApp, he brings new feature within every few months. According to the WABetaInfo account on Twitter which is known for leaking information related to WhatsApp updates, he came up with some very interesting features which includes the following:
Firstly, the users will now be able to track the location of their friends. This feature will work on WhatsApp beta version 188.8.131.52 for iOS, 2.16.399+ on Android and will be disabled by default. There is no time bound condition on tracking the location. You can do it for 1 minute, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes or for infinite period of time. The live streaming can also be disabled so that group members cannot learn where you are at a given time.
WhatsApp is also testing the way to eliminate the stress over text message. The latest beta version of the app apparently includes a way to ‘revoke and edit’ messages after they have been sent. It happens a lot of time when we send messages to the wrong person or to the wrong group and because of auto correct we sometimes have to face a lot of embarrassment among our friends. This feature will save us from all such awkward situations. The recipient will receive a notification that sender has revoked the message. This feature is only allowed if the message is not read by the recipient.
It is also revealed that WhatsApp is working on a new status tab which will notify the users when one of their contacts changes the status. The leaker has also shared that the app will also allow users to mute or reply to the status change notification. The screenshot also reveals a button to mute or unmute status change notifications. If the user chooses to the status alert, the statuses of those contacts won’t be visible in the Status tab. This means that user will no longer get the push notifications for those users whenever they change their status once they’ve chosen the mute option. This can be switched off any time by toggling the mute button. Users can also see the number of people who have seen their status and when.
WhatsApp is trying to be the game-changer for the habitual texters, but there are a lot of questions about how such features would be implemented. So before just panicking about some of the leaked features, let’s just wait for the time where this actually take its way.