WhatsApp Instant Messaging Service unveils a series of welcome new features, including the addition of a dark mode to its web application
A new burst of features is on the horizon for WhatsApp. The $19 billion mobile application that Facebook bought back in February 2014 has unveiled the next wave of new features that will be coming to the platform in the coming weeks.
Popular with both mobile and desktop users, dark mode is making its debut on the WhatsApp web application. A visual comfort that has already been deployed on the app for several weeks. This addition comes just days after the deployment of a dark mode on Facebook... in the mobile version. But to take advantage of it, you still need to synchronize your mobile app via a QR Code. WhatsApp has not yet deployed a standalone web-based version.
Add contact via QR code
The QR Code is also getting better: now a user can simply scan a person's QR Code and automatically add it to your contacts. To put it plainly: entering the entire phone number is no longer necessary. This saves time and enhances the user experience.
According to the company, the stickers are very popular within the service, "With billions sent out every day". This is why the group now offers "new packs of animated stickers, always more fun and expressive", it says.
Launch a grouped video call in one click
Group video calls are also improved: highlighting a participant is simplified, as you only need to press and hold your finger on the video of the caller of your choice to have their window appear in full screen. A "video" icon will also be added in group discussions (up to eight people) to launch a group video call in one click.
Finally, KaiOS (mobile operating system dedicated to non-touch phones) users "can now take advantage of the popular feature to share updates that disappear after 24 hours," the service concludes.
These are all new features that will be added to the application in the coming weeks, after the latest update.