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Seven new WhatsApp features coming soon; here's how they will work

Some of the WhatsApp features that WABetaInfo has reported were confirmed to them by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart.
Some of the WhatsApp features that WABetaInfo has reported were confirmed to them by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart. (Pixabay)

As many as 7 handy WhatsApp features are coming soon to your mobile, reports WABetaInfo; know what they are and how they will work

Probably the most popular messaging platform on Earth, WhatsApp, is always adding new features to make the experience better for its users. The Facebook-owned messaging platform is all set to get a whole bunch of new features soon on both the Android and iOS versions of the app. All of these new changes coming in have been listed by WABetaInfo, a website that exclusively tracks WhatsApp and its upcoming changes and features. Some of the features that WABetaInfo has reported were confirmed to them by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart.

Now, of the features listed below, some are in the pipeline and some have already been rolled out to either Android or iOS WhatsApp users, or both. In case these features are not available on the app that you are using, fret not, they will be soon. While some of these features are just cosmetic changes to how the UI looks, some are actually pretty handy and useful.

1. Chat bubbles redesign

The chat bubbles on WhatsApp are going to change. WhatsApp has reportedly implemented a new redesign for the chat bubbles and this is available for Android beta testers currently. With the new look, the chat bubbles will look bigger, more rounded, and sport a new green colour. These will also be available in light and dark mode.

2. Message reactions

You will soon be able to react to messages on WhatsApp just like you can on Instagram and Facebook Messenger. And you will also be using it the same way as you do in Instagram and Messenger. You tap and hold a message for the reactions to appear and then drag your finger to the emoji you want. These reactions are going to appear below the text and will be visible to everyone if the message is in a group.

3. Voice messages to get a new interface

You will soon be able to listen to voice messages before sending them on a new UI. WhatsApp is adding a stop button to voice messages and users can listen to the clip before they send it. There’s an option to delete the message if you don’t like it, of course.

4. WhatsApp contact cards to get a new design

WhatsApp contact cards, or the way your name appears when someone taps on it, is going to be redesigned. The info button is going to be moved next to the contact name on the new cards and the profile picture will no longer appear as a square.

5. If a message reaction you have received does not open, you’ll know

This is an extension of the second feature we’ve listed above. If you and your contacts are on different versions of the app and someone sends an emoji that as a message reaction that is not supported by other users’ apps, they will be informed. WhatsApp is going to prompt you to update your app by telling you that the version you are running does not support receiving reactions. This feature is going to roll out once message reacti0ns roll out.

6. New photo-editing tools

WhatsApp is going to get new photo editing tools soon along with an additional option to add stickers before sending these edited photos. These new tools are just called “Drawing Tools” and they can be used to edit images on WhatsApp Web and the desktop app.

7. New payment shortcut on Android

WhatsApp is working on a new payment shortcut that is going to be integrated into the chat bar. This will allow users to easily send payments to contacts. This is not going to replace the current Payment option though, and is going to be available additionally.

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