Siri can now read your WhatsApp messages; plus other minor updates – Technology News, Firstpost
Rehan hoodaApr 25, 2017 10:07:01 AM IST
WhatsApp is not slowing down the pace of updates to its Android and iOS apps. The company is working on a number of small tweaks as well as new feature additions for both platforms. The Siri update is major which gives Siri the ability to read your messages.
Small tweaks are limited to UI optimization where the business can streamline and improve the existing interface. These features were discovered by WABetaInfo, a fairly reliable source for all new WhatsApp features
We’ve compiled a list of small changes the company is working on and categorized them by operating system so that it’s easier for you to check out what features you can expect on your smartphone.
The developers have also added the ability for users to view and edit contact information. This section has also gained shortcuts to quickly send a message, make video and audio call from the screen. The Calls section of the app now displays WhatsApp profile pictures along with the type of call and a “+” icon in the upper right corner that can be used for making audio and video calls. The developers have also added shortcuts to quickly make video and audio calls. The next change allows users to select multiple statuses and transfer or delete them.
WhatsApp is also testing a “Contact Cards” section for users who are not in your contact list. You can check all contact cards sent by others in this section. The company has also improved the app’s ability to download media directly from URLs without leaving the app. Most of these features are available in the iOS beta update and will be rolled out for everyone in future updates to the stable version of WhatsApp on the AppStore.
The developers of WhatsApp have been working on the “Live Location Sharing” feature which has been previously reported. The company updated the location tile feature to constantly update your location without needing to tap on the message and open the maps interface. The developers have also changed the Previously reported chat ‘Pin’ feature.
The app no longer highlights pinned threads or groups. They improved on another feature where if you leave a group that you have pinned to the top, the app will prompt you to unpin the group when you confirm the group exit. The interesting thing to note here is that both features are hidden by default for beta users on Android.
WhatsApp usually hides some features from beta users so that the internal group can use the features and verify that the new features do not interfere with the existing functionality of the app. The beta app got a new UI to edit videos before uploading the video.