WhatsApp has been steadily adding new features to both its Android and iOS apps. With Apple rolling out the iOS 10 update for users last night, WhatsApp has quickly issued an update for its iOS app that brings in a host of new features. These include iOS 10-specific features like the ability to use Siri to send messages or place calls, answering WhatsApp calls from the lockscreen, a new widget that shows you unread messages, and more. Also Read - iPhone 11 selling with more than Rs 8,000 discount in India, but for a limited periodAlso Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformation
With iOS 10, Apple opened Siri to be leveraged by third-party app developers. With the latest update, WhatsApp is now letting one use Siri to either send messages to a contact or place a WhatsApp call. This feature will however only work if your device has been updated to iOS 10. Another new feature will now let you answer WhatsApp calls right from the lockscreen in a way that is similar to how one answers standard phone calls. With iOS 10, WhatsApp is also introducing a new widget that lets users quickly jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread messages. ALSO READ: How to download Apple iOS 10 on your iPhone and iPad Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
There are also new features on the updated WhatsApp iOS app, which do not rely on the iOS 10 update. iOS users will now be able to forward messages to multiple chats at once; a feature that has been available on Android for some time now. Contacts that you frequently chat with will also be shown prominently when you want to forward a particular message. Other new features include a quick forward button on photos and videos in chat, as well as the ability to switch between cameras with a ‘double-tap’ when shooting videos or clicking a photo in the app.
You can head over to the App Store to download the latest version of WhatsApp. A recent update to the Android beta app also hints at some more new features that WhatsApp is set to soon introduce. The beta app gets a new feature that will brighten up the smartphone’s screen to help users click better selfies even in low light.
The second feature is Snapchat-like doodle option that lets you draw on top of photos, as well as big emoji icons, stickers and include text overlays as well. However, this feature only works when you use the built-in camera of WhatsApp, and not when you share photos with users using the attachment button from the top. There’s also a new doodle feature that is clearly inspired from Snapchat. It basically lets you draw on top of photos, as well as big emoji icons, stickers and include text overlays as well.