Whatsapp will soon be introducing three new features.
WHATSAPP HAS LOST A OF USER OVER THE LAST YEAR
The messaging app has lost a lot of users over the last year due to ongoing privacy concerns throughout its new terms of service. WhatsApp has traditionally marketed itself on offering secure, encrypted messaging but announced wildly unpopular changes to the way it handles user data.
In recent months, the messaging service has been hard at work to win back favour with its users through several crowd-pleasing changers, the most recent of which are detailed below.
WhatsApp is rolling out a new update for disappearing messages that will enable users to select the duration of time they want the message to last for.
Previously messages could last up to seven days, with users now given the set a timer anywhere between 24 hours and 90 days.
The update will also introduce a new ‘default message timer’ for new chats, allowing new conversations to start with the disappearing messages option enabled for the selected duration.
These new features will start rolling out – for WhatsApp beta for iOS, WhatsApp Business beta for iOS – this week. The feature is also expected to launch on Android shortly.
Global voice messages
The global voice message player lets users start a voice note and then exit a chat, view and reply to messages in other conversations in the app while continuing to playback the voice note.
While playing, a window will be pinned to the top of the app with an option to pause or stop playing the voice message.
This feature will be handy for those multi-tasking users without the time to listen to minutes-long voice notes. It does not allow for playing voice notes while the app is minimised.
WABetaInfo said that this feature could also be useful when you receive a voice message that has a long duration. In this case, you can continue sending messages to other contacts when listening to the voice message.
It is also reportedly testing features including transcription and a seek option to advance experiences with voice messages.
As part of WhatsApp’s forthcoming multi-device feature, the messaging service will store your recent messages on its servers to allow all your devices to download them.
While these messages remain end-to-end encrypted, this is a significant departure from how WhatsApp has functioned, MyBroadband reported.
Until now, WhatsApp has promised to only store messages for as long as it takes to deliver them to your device.
WhatsApp also announced that it is removing support for many of old Android and iOS models from 1 November, meaning you will no longer be able to send messages and photos.
SEE BELOW THE LIST OF PHONES THAT WILL BE AFFECTED
From 1 November, 43 smartphone models – both Android and iOS – will lose the ability to send messages and photos or make video calls using the encrypted messaging service.
Smartphone models with Android 4.0.4 or earlier installed will become incompatible with WhatsApp and iPhones with iOS 9 or earlier installed.
It means the following phone models will lose access to the app:
- Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Trend II, Trend Lite, Core, Ace 2
- LG Optimus F7, F5, L3 II Dual, F7 II, F5 II
- Sony Xperia
- Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2
- Apple iPhone SE, 6S, and 6S Plus
WhatsApp has added tons of new features this year – such as disappearing messages, joinable group calls, and stickers. It claims it is phasing out support for these older phones to ensure the app still runs securely.