WhatsApp’s new feature that lets you send any type of file has finally been upgraded from beta. This marked a significant shift from the way we have always used the chat app. Everyone will now be able to send video/audio, PDF, images, and Word documents in addition to images.
Last month, we brought you a report that the feature was being used by a few WhatsApp users as it was still being tested. The small number of users that tested the new feature were able to share all kinds of files including APK while the test lasted. One very interesting news, which we didn’t bring you the other time is that the feature is also now available on the web version of the app.
Perhaps, we should also let you know that you will now be able to select photos and videos straight from the camera screen. This, according to TNW, is due to a new carousel of images from your gallery in the interface.
The new feature has already started rolling out to WhatsApp users on both iOS and Android operating systems.
WhatsApp recently added a new feature that allows you to filter your photos before sending them to your contacts. Photo filter as the name suggests, will let you apply a filter to a picture, video, or GIF before sending it to your friends. The feature is still evolving, and you will only be able to use Pop, B&W, Cool, Chrome, and Film. Of course, more options will be added probably in no distant-feature.
Going forward, when you send more than one image or video sequentially in a chat, they will be grouped into a single album automatically. You will now be able to swipe right on a friend’s chat in a thread to directly respond to it.
WhatsApp users in India could soon be able to make bank-to-bank transfers via Unified Payment Interface. The Indian Express reports that the Facebook-owned chat app is in talks with SBI bank to add a functionality that will allow them make bank-to-bank transfers. The company is also reportedly in talks with National Payments Corporation of India to provide support for users. Though, unconfirmed, the company did express its readiness to contribute more to the growth of India in terms of digital technology.
WhatsApp has come a long way since it was acquired in 2014 by Facebook. The Facebook-owned chat app had since added several good features, including its own version of Stories; a feature copied from Snapchat.
Recently too, the chat app added a feature that allows users to pin three of their favorite chats atop the app. Once you tap and hold any chat, you will get a new pin icon in the action bar next to the delete, mute, and archive functions. After pinning the chat, a conversation stays on top of the list—and of course, it doesn’t really matter the number of chats/messages received thereafter.