WhatsApp is developing Self-Destructing Messages feature

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Gadgets 360° has spotted a new feature being developed by WhatsApp—self-destructing messages. The feature, which was previously being developed by the chat app in the past, is potentially being tested for a possible launch in the very near future. The first time it was reported, the feature was named “Disappearing Messages; and it allowed users to delete their messages automatically after a set period of time. According to the latest information, the feature has now been renamed “Delete Messages” in the latest beta, and is being implemented in the Dark Mode, which is also currently being developed. Since the delete messages feature is still being developed, beta users may not see it until a later date.

The latest Android beta version, which carries the version number 2.19.348 can be installed via the Google Play beta program. In the current beta update, the Disappearing Messages feature, according to report, now bears a new name—“Delete Messages.” You can find Delete Messages in the Contact info or Group Settings, and only administrators can enable it.

Delete Messages gives you the opportunity to choose how long a message would last before it is deleted. Among options available include, one hour, one day, one week, one month, and one year.

Earlier in November, started displaying a new splash screen. The new screen now spots or makes reference to Facebook at the bottom of the splash screen as soon as you click open the app.

The splash screen is not only where you find this new reference; same applies to the WhatsApp settings. At first, the app seems slow when you click open, but that has improved in the last couple of days—and we expect that the speed will get better as time goes on.

At the beginning of the year, The New York Times reported that Facebook was working to interconnect its trio of app of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. The plan according to the report, is to allow for cross-messaging between all three. Each service is expected to remain as a standalone app, while the underlying infrastructure will be rebuilt. The end result is so that users might use only one of Facebook’s properties to communicate with others within the same ecosystem. Just like in WhatsApp, all three apps will support end-to-end encryption.

Citing people familiar with the story, The New York Times reports that the essence is to allow cross-messaging between all three apps. Besides getting its users engaged on all three platforms, it is difficult to see past Facebook’s plan to boost its revenue through merging all three apps.

WhatsApp, according to report is testing a new camera icon, which already has been submitted to the Play Store. The new camera icon, which replaces the old one in the status bar could be rolling out soon. As a matter of fact, this new camera icon is expected to roll out with version 2.19.328 beta update.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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