Possibly the last set of updates for 2017, WhatsApp is currently testing a bunch of new features in the beta version for both its app and the web version. If reports are to be believed, these features include picture-in-picture mode, private replies, tap to unblock, shake to report, and more. Apparently, these features will soon exit testing, and enter the stable version for Android, iOS and Windows.
A WABetaInfo report reveals that WhatsApp for iOS, Android and Windows Phone with the beta versions 2.17.424, 2.17.436 and 2.17.437 have received features such as Tap to unblock user, New invite via link shortcut, Shake to report, and Admin settings. WhatsApp Web version number 2.7315, on the other hand, gets new private replies feature, and the Picture-in-Picture feature.
The picture-in-picture mode, as the name suggests, enables users to multitask while taking a video call. This we have already seen in the app. However, with the web version, there will now be a new icon that will prompt when you are taking a video call. After selecting the icon, a picture-in-picture mode will start in a new window. You can also resize the video window.
Then there is the private replies feature for the web, which will allow you to reply privately to a group message. Now, a person in a group will get an option to message a particular member which other members can t see. This is probably the most interesting addition.
Then for the app, WhatsApp is reportedly testing invite via link feature, which is already available for the iOS app, but will now make its way to the Android platform. It enables group admins to send a link to other users so they can join the group directly.
Additionally, the new WhatsApp build will provide an option wherein you can unblock anyone by just tapping and holding any contact, and send him/her a message.
Finally, another new feature reportedly being tested is the shake to report, that will allow you to report problems just by shaking the device which opens the Contact Us section of the app. Similar to how iPhone and shake to undo capability. This feature is available in the WhatsApp beta version number 2.17.437.
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