The way digital music buried CDs and DVDs forever, made them obsolete and became the new norm, WhatsApp is a mobile app that did the same to the wireless mobile carrier companies. A decade ago, texting someone from one country to another country used to cost a fortune. Now, it is completely free and there is no limit on its usage. Things began to change in the year 2009 when Jan Koum and Brian Acton founded WhatsApp messenger for smartphones.
Here are the 6 latest WhatsApp features added in 2019
1. Dark mode
Dark mode or night mode is a color scheme that uses light-colored text on a dark background. A dark mode is supposed to make reading easy and strain-free in low light conditions. No one likes to stare at a brightly lit screen before going to sleep. It makes your mind more active and puts unneeded strain on your eyes. I hope WhatsApps dark mode allows the users to chat with ease, during the wee hours.
2. Fingerprint authentication
The latest report by BusinessToday confirms that the fingerprint authentication feature is now available for users who have partaken in WhatsApp’s beta testing program. By installing the 2.19.221 Android beta version along with the regular WhatsApp application, you will now be able to secure your information with your fingerprints.
3. Picture-in-picture (PiP)
Picture-in-picture (PiP) is a feature that allows you to browse through the application while keeping one tiny window running at the bottom-right corner. Just think about how you watch a video on YouTube while simultaneously browsing for other videos in the trending, subscriptions or watch later tabs. The same Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode is now enabled in WhatsApp.
4. 3D Touch to preview status
With this feature, a user will be able to reply privately to any member of the group. The text will be present in the group chat but will only be visible to the sender and the receiver. Moreover, 3D touch also enhances your capability to send and view the statuses of those in your contact list.
5. Checkpoint Tipline
Inspired from the general elections— to be held shortly in India, WhatsApp has launched a new service called “Checkpoint Tipline” to check and verify the news being forwarded by users. Doubters can now verify whether a news article someone shared in a group is fake or legit. They can do this by texting their queries to this number: +91-9643-000-888.
6. Business app for iPhone
After the success of the business app for Android devices, WhatsApp has now launched a business app for iOS devices. However, at present, this service is available only in Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, India, Mexico, the UK, and the US. With a business app, a small business owner can share his/her company’s email address, office location, and a description of the business.
These are the latest updates WhatsApp has made in the past few months. Since Facebook took over in the year 2014 for $16 billion, they made some major improvements to the app. They have bettered the user interface, added security features, made it available for business owners, and made many more enhancements.