WhatsApp Announces New Features in 2020
Everyone knows what is WhatsApp, but there are still some features many users are not aware of, though they frequently use the app. With almost 1.5 billion active users, WhatsApp is among the top 3 social apps that use the Internet to send and receive texts, media messages, and user location.
Some Recent Updates
WhatsApp new features are frequently launched in response to user requests, and you must update the app to enjoy these. For instance, Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently brought the call-waiting function. This option has been added to inform users of incoming calls while they are already using the app. This enables them to continue or end the current call to attend to the new one. Incoming calls were previously rejected if users were already using WhatsApp to speak.
WhatsApp for websites is a game-changer for businesses allowing them to sell their products through a chat window. Business accounts can add up to 256 people in a group chat to showcase their products and services. While this experience is transforming E-commerce, brands clamor to use it, adding consumers or employees without their consent. WhatsApp recently rolled out new privacy changes to enable users to control who can add them on a group chat. It also incorporated another privacy measure fingerprint unlock, biometric security to unlock the app.
Before these extra security levels were introduced, security experts had warned us about a vulnerability that hackers could exploit to deliver app-killing malware through group chats. This malicious message could erase entire group texts, and could possibly hack the user’s smartphone via a specially-crafted MP4 file. Regardless of how many times you try a new install in WhatsApp, it was impossible to re-join that group.
Amid these new upgrades, Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to merge Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook to run as one won’t see the light of the day until 2021. The parent company is working out on its feasibility. While the plan is still primitive, the two apps have been renamed as “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook”. This move is part of the bigger change towards linking them together and bringing them under the umbrella of the parent company.
With these fixes, WhatsApp is already working to roll out new features. Here are the upgrades we are expecting to see in 2020.
Coming soon to WhatsApp 2020
To help it stay ahead of competitors, WhatsApp would keep on adding new functions. Here are the most talked-about ones:
Gossips about the much-anticipated Dark Mode have been circulating for some time now. The good news is that this feature is finally ready for public testing, but only a few have been given the chance to try out this important upgrade. Few lucky iOS and Android users who signed on Apple and Android beta testing platforms could try out the darker design of the app. This also means we can expect a full rollout of this feature for all devices.
Before the beta release, there were some speculations about different variants of dark modes — one available for AMOLED screens to help save battery. However, the beta version does not have that, and we need to wait for future updates. We may also witness similar upgrades for Instagram and Facebook, as this feature is designed to cut eye strain and save power by reducing the background brightness.
As Telegram, Signal, and Facebook Messenger offer secret chat features with self-destructing messages, WhatsApp is also testing to introduce this function. Soon users will be able to create texts that will disappear automatically after a specified time. It is a useful feature to have when you want to share sensitive information without leaving behind any correspondence trail. The new “Delete messages” feature will allow users to erase messages after a second, hour, day, week, month, or a year.
Facebook intends to insert ads into WhatsApp Status posts along with full-screen promotions as in-app ads in 2020. While these ads will enable businesses to take payments within the app, users will be able to swipe up to be redirected to the product's website.
Older Phones no longer supported
The company previously announced that WhatsApp would not support old Android and iOS operating systems. As explained on their website, WhatsApp recommends devices running Android OS 4.0.3 and iOS 9+.
Reverse image search
WhatsApp has set measures to prevent the spread of fake news, it will soon add Google reverse image search functionality. The new “search image” option can be located in the three-dot menu of the beta version. Once users hit this option, the app will launch a browser window with close matches.
WhatsApp Taking an Edge
This year, these new upgrades are predicted to appear. We hope that soon we will be able to get our hands on the latest version of WhatsApp 2020 packed with these updates.