While announcing more than 2 billion active users around the globe, WhatsApp has today rolled out a brunch of new features as it continues to push forward its product design to make sure “WhatsApp remains the most useful way for anyone, anywhere to connect.”
Below are the new features being introduced to WhatsApp users worldwide:
Stickers are one of the fastest growing ways people communicate on WhatsApp, with billions sent every day. WhatsApp is rolling out new animated sticker packs that are even more fun and expressive.
WhatsApp is making 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 tapping in their digits one at a time.
Dark mode for WhatsApp web and desktop:
The incredibly popular Dark Mode theme now extends to your computer.
Improvements to group video calls:
With now up to 8 people on a video call, WhatsApp has made it easier to focus on whoever you want by letting you press and hold to maximize a participant’s video to full screen. WhatsApp has also added a video icon in group chats of 8 or less, so you can easily start a group video call with 1-tap.
Status comes to KaiOS:
KaiOS users can now enjoy the popular feature that lets you share updates that disappear after 24 hours.
WhatsApp says these features will be rolling out to all users over the next few weeks with the app’s latest version.