Overview Of: WhatsApp for Android gets a quiet update: 3 cool features just added
WhatsApp for Android is getting a bunch of new features thanks to a new beta update. The update follows a busy couple of months for the app, which has rolled out various improvements to its platform. The most recent update saw the messaging app announce big changes to how it lets users handle in-app voice messages, now allowing users to pause and resume voice messages as they wish.
1. NEW CONTROL BAR
First spotted by the WhatsApp experts over at WABetaInfo, the messaging app is onto something with its newly-designed control bar. Currently, when sharing a YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram link with a friend on WhatsApp, it’s true that users get a picture-in-picture format option to view the link. But this new feature offers up a redesigned approach to this function and extends support to viewing other media types in the picture-in-picture format.
2. NEW STATUS UPDATES
WhatsApp is set to roll out a new status update feature on top of its recent myriad updates to the app’s design. Adding to a growing legacy of tweaks to status updates, the new feature will allow users to “undo” status updates they posted by mistake. That’s useful if you accidentally mistype something when inputting a status or need to go back and change something.
3. BUSINESS STATUS
Lastly, WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo is getting a new feature that will let users view status updates of business accounts by clicking on the profile picture on the ‘business info’ page. This is useful for keeping in touch with what certain local businesses are up to and provides real-time insights into their respective pages. It’s something we covered in a previous story where WhatsApp acts as a sort of modern-day yellow-pages style directory.
After the user has tapped the profile picture of a business, they’ll be presented with two options: “view profile photo” and “view status,” with each providing helpful information about the company. The Facebook-owned chat app will retain the old method to view where the status updates are visible in the status tab, but these new locally-focused tweaks are all part of WhatsApp’s plan to broaden its offering to business users on some of the best Android phones.