WhatsApp rolls out animated stickers, QR code support, 'Status' feature on KaiOS and more

    WhatsApp is also rolling out dark mode on its web and desktop versions. The new WhatsApp features will be available in a few weeks.
    By: MARCIA SEKHOSE
    | Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 21:40 IST
    WWhatsApp rolls out new features for Android and iOS.
    WWhatsApp rolls out new features for Android and iOS. (WhatsApp/Edited)
    WWhatsApp rolls out new features for Android and iOS.
    WWhatsApp rolls out new features for Android and iOS. (WhatsApp/Edited)

    WhatsApp today announced a bunch of new features coming to its Android and iOS apps, and web version as well. Animated stickers, QR codes, dark mode expansion and group calling updates are rolling out on WhatsApp. There's something for WhatsApp on KaiOS as well.

    WhatsApp's new features will be available to all users in the next few weeks. Some of these features have been available to WhatsApp users on beta versions of the app. Just this week we saw animated sticker packs on WhatsApp beta for iOS and Android. QR codes have also been available to WhatsApp beta users for months now.

    Let's take a look at all the new features coming to WhatsApp.

    Animated stickers

    WhatsApp stickers are quite popular and have been a hit ever since it launched. Now users will get to send animated stickers on WhatsApp. These are basically the GIF versions of stickers. It will be available on the same stickers tab on WhatsApp. The new animated sticker packs include Rilakkuma and Playful Piyomaru.

    WhatsApp's new features.
    WhatsApp's new features. (WhatsApp)
    WhatsApp's new features.
    WhatsApp's new features. (WhatsApp)

    QR codes

    WhatsApp is adding support for QR codes on Android and iOS. This means that users will now be able to add new contacts via QR codes. Every WhatsApp user has a unique QR code and this is visible in the profile section of the app.

    Dark mode expansion

    WhatsApp rolled out dark mode for Android and iOS earlier this year. Dark mode is now rolling out to WhatsApp web and its desktop version as well.

    Group call improvements

    WhatsApp has made some improvements to group video calls. Users will now be able to press and hold a participant's video to view it in full screen. It's also adding a video call icon in group chats with 8 or less members.

    WhatsApp on KaiOS

    WhatsApp on KaiOS that works on JioPhone and Nokia feature phones is getting support for the ‘Status' feature. WhatsApp Status updates last for 24 hours since the time they're posted. WhatsApp confirmed earlier this month that it is adding support for Status on KaiOS. 

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