WhatsApp has officially announced the latest features coming to the platform today, including animated stickers, dark mode for Mac and the web, QR codes for quickly sharing contact info, video enhancements and more.
Some of the new features like animated stickers appeared earlier in a WhatsApp beta before being pulled. Now they are officially announced. The Facebook-owned WhatsApp shared all the details of a blog post today, including that it has more than 2 billion users:
While our focus remains on providing a simple, reliable and private way for people to chat with friends and family – we also continue to push our product design to ensure that WhatsApp remains the most useful way for everyone, anywhere to connect to.
There are five important new features / improvements coming soon:
Today we are happy to confirm some new features that will be rolled out in the coming weeks:
- Animated stickers: Stickers are one of the fastest growing ways people communicate on WhatsApp, with billions being sent every day. We are rolling out new animated sticker packs that are even more fun and expressive.
- QR codes: We make it easier than ever to add a new contact. Soon when you meet someone new, you will be able to scan their QR code to add them to your contacts. No more typing their numbers at a time.
- Dark mode for WhatsApp web and desktop: The incredibly popular Dark Mode theme now extends to your computer.
- Group video call enhancements: With now up to 8 people on a video call, we̵7;ve made it easier to focus on who you want by letting you tap and hold to maximize participants’ video to full screen. We also added a group chat video icon of 8 or less, so you can easily start a 1-tap group video call.
- Status comes to KaiOS: KaiOS users can now enjoy the popular feature that lets you share updates that disappear after 24 hours.
Watch out for the new changes on iPhone, Mac, Android, online and more in the coming weeks.
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