WhatsApp is working on continuous improvements and upgrade to make it more convenient, secure and with enhanced features. There are 11 features that WhatsApp is set to introduce soon on Android and is currently testing the same. The features that are set to enhance your WhatsApp experience are as follows:
Authentication feature: This would allow users to natively lock the app using phone’s fingerprint sensor. The app can be locked immediately or users can pick a time of 1 min, 10 min or 30 min for locking.
Frequently Forwarded Message: A ‘frequently forwarded’ label would come on top of messages that have been shared over four times. This would help in determining popularity of messages.
Forwarding Info: This feature would allow users to check how many times a received message has been forwarded earlier. Users would be able to forward a message to their contact and then check the count in Message Info section of WhatsApp.
Dark Mode: WhatsApp has redesigned various sections within the app (status bar, settings menu, profile). There are multiple iterations going on for this feature and latest update is available in its Beta version 2.19.82.
Picture in Picture 2.0: This would allow users to watch video from other sources like Facebook and Youtube within the app. Users would be able to watch video even when app is running in background.
In-app browser: This would open web browser within the app when user tries to open a link. Feature would also alert user when it spots a link that is not safe and contains malicious content.
Consecutive Voice Message: Currently users play every audio file that they receive. The update will allow playing consecutive audio files automatically after first file is played.
New Audio picker: This feature will allow users to share a maximum of 30 audio files in one go. Currently users can feature only one audio file at one time.
Ignore archived chats: Currently archived chats get unarchived when a new pop up message comes there. New feature will keep the archived messages archived even if a user receives a new message in the chat.
No frequently forwarded messages in groups: Soon, group admins will be able to decide if they want the group members to share frequently fowarded messages in their group
Search Image feature: Users will be able to search image on web that they receive in a chat. This would help the users in assessing whether image that they received is true or fake.