Instant Messaging platform WhatsApp rolled out a new update with several features to add value to the application. Sadly its limited to iOS though, but the update will put smiles on the faces of Apple users already looking forward to the new iOS 8 being unveiled later today.
There is no indication on when this update and set of features will be available for Android, Windows, Symbian, S40 and Blackberry devices. In the meantime Apple users get to enjoy the following features:
- Added ability to archive chats and groups
- Sharing slow-motion videos (iPhone 5s only)
- Adding captions to photos and videos
- An added fast camera access button for capturing and sending photos
- Trimming videos before sharing them (already available on Android though)
- Sharing Location: added support for satellite and hybrid map views when sharing a location
- Share Location: drop and drag pin lets you share a precise location
- New media auto-download preferences under the Chat Settings tab
- New Wallpapers
- New Notification tones
- The ability to attach screenshots when reporting problems
True to the “less talk more action” approach that the guys at WhatsApp have adopted, there has been no mention of when a voice calling feature is going to be available as well. This would add to WhatsApp’s relevance as the default chat application.
Locally WhatsApp has been very popular and has already been cited as a catalyst in the disruption of the voice call revenue model for mobile network operators.
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