August 27, 2018

Published August 27, 2018 by with 3 comments

All New WhatsApp features of 2018

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     1.  Group video and voice calling

WhatsApp group video and voice calling is official now for Android and iPhone users. The feature was in testing for over a month and does as the name suggests - but the number of people supported in a group calls is limited to just four. This new group calling feature is something that allowing users to come together and conduct VoIP calls, making it especially convenient considering the platform is so widely used in India.

 2. WhatsApp Payments

Easily the biggest launch of this year for the messaging app in India was the integration of payments. Based on the Indian government-backed UPI or Unified Payments Interface, WhatsApp Payments is essentially a simple way to transfer funds to your contacts by entering in your UPI pin. While other platforms such as PhonePe, Paytm, and BHIM have already made the feature popular, integrating it into a massively popular platform like WhatsApp has only helped it grow in India which is one of the biggest markets for the messaging platform.

3. Group admin controls

WhatsApp in 2018 put a lot of its focus on enhancing groups and admin controls. First of all, group creators received the ability to change a group's description, as did participants in the group. However, group admins have the option to restrict participants from changing the description. Admins can also choose between All Participants and Only Admins to decide upon who can change the subject and icon of the group. In an update this year, WhatsApp also disabled the ability to remove group creators.

Another highlight of updates to WhatsApp groups in 2018 was a new feature that allows group admins to restrict participants from sending messages to the group. Most likely formulated for WhatsApp groups that are involved in buying and selling of products, this feature is expected to cut down on spam. To be able to use it, admins need to go into Group Info > Group Settings > Send Messages. From here, two options - All Participants and Only Admins - will be revealed.

4. Use Siri to send group messages

An extension of using Siri to send individual messages on WhatsApp for iPhone, first introduced in 2016, is the ability to use Apple's digital assistant to send messages to groups on the platform. To send a group message using Siri, users need to say "Hey, Siri!" or press and hold the iPhone's home button and then ask, "Send a message to the group (name)." Once you select the appropriate group from the list it offers, you can speak out loud your message which will be sent to the same group.

5. Download all data

In line with the EU's new guidelines for data privacy, GDPR or European General Data Protection Regulation, that came into effect on May 25, WhatsApp has made available the ability to download all the data that has been collected by WhatsApp, on you, since you made your account on the platform. To request the data that WhatsApp has on you, you need to head over to Settings > Account > Request Account Info. Once done, you will be taken to a page where you have to click Request Report. Of course, messages will not be included in this data due to end-to-end encryption.

6. Forwarding restrictions

Ever since the news of mob lynchings related to fake news on WhatsApp came to light, WhatsApp announced that it is testing putting strict limits on message forwarding on the platform in India. As per a statement by the Facebook-owned company, forwarding limit of up to five chats per user might be put into place soon, along with the removal of the forwarding shortcut from media messages.

In yet another move to combat the spread of misinformation, WhatsApp recently announced that it will start labeling forwards with a new 'Forwarded' tag to inform users of the action. This can allow recipients to stay alert and possibly fact check the text before sending it to others.

7. Jio Phone support

At Reliance Industries Limited's 41st Annual General Meeting this year, CEO Mukesh Ambani announced that WhatsApp will be coming to the company's Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 starting August 15. The app will allow for input using voice commands as well as text, it was said at the event.

 8. Mute from notifications and WhatsApp stickers

As is apparent from the name, WhatsApp now allows you to mute message threads right from the notification panel. But this feature is only applicable in the scenario where the user has sent you a minimum of 51 messages without you accessing the app. The Mute button appears below the messages in the notification panel, next to the Reply-To option.

After a confirmation by CEO Mark Zuckerberg back in May this year, WhatsApp stickers have been made available in beta version 2.18.218 of WhatsApp on Android. A separate WhatsApp stickers store will roll out to stable versions in the future with the ability to download new sticker packs as they become available. This is similar to what Facebook Messenger offers.

9. Media visibility

With the new media visibility toggle, users can now pick and choose which individual or group chats they want to hide or show media content from. The media visibility feature is accessible under Contact Info and Group Info in Settings on the app. By default, all media content is visible in all groups and individual chats. You can select No to switch it off.


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3 comments:

  1. I use WhatsApp on a regular basis, but I had no clue about all this things. It’s an extremely useful article, because now I know a lot of tricks and it makes the utility much easier. Btw, I’d like to recommend you one more good app Free phone tracker which can record messages sent using WhatsApp, Viber and other mobile apps, SMS, camera, locations, internet activity and stuff. Aso, you may need it in case you need to check on your kids being completely invisible.

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