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11 Dec 2017

WhatsApp launching five new exciting features: Picture-in-Picture, Private Replies, more!

New features coming to WhatsApp soon!

WhatsApp is undoubtedly one of the most popular messaging apps in the world and enjoys a huge user base of over 1.3-billion users.

The Facebook-owned messenger has been on a roll this year, adding new features almost every week.

WhatsApp is now set to unveil five new features on all its platforms, including Private Replies, Shake to Report, Picture-in-Picture mode, etc.

Here's more!

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New features coming to WhatsApp soon!
Features already rolled out to beta versions


Features already rolled out to beta versions

According to popular tipster WABetaInfo, which covers WhatsApp's features and developments, the Facebook-owned messaging app would launch the new features across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and desktop platforms.

WhatsApp has reportedly rolled out these features for unblocking users, private replies in group conversations, reporting something to WhatsApp, etc. on its beta versions. They will be added to the stable version soon.

WhatsApp beta versions and new features

WABetaInfo said WhatsApp beta version 2.7315 adds two features: Private Replies and Picture-in-Picture mode. Meanwhile, beta versions 2.17.424, 2.17.436 and 2.17.437 bring in "Tap to unblock user", "Shake to Report", and "Invite via link" shortcut features.

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PIP Mode

What is the Picture-in-Picture mode?

The Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode would allow users to perform multiple tasks during a video call.

It would appear as an icon when the user is on a video call. Tapping on the icon would activate the PIP mode, running the video call in a new window.

The window can be moved around and resized, so it doesn't block other running apps/activities below it.

Unblocking users with a single tap

WhatsApp is bringing a new feature to unblock a WhatsApp contact easily. Once introduced, the feature would allow users to unblock contacts by simply tapping on their contact cell in the WhatsApp Contact list and holding it to unblock and send a text.

Shake to report something to WhatsApp


Shake to report something to WhatsApp

Another exciting feature WhatsApp is soon going to introduce is the "Shake to Report" option.

Whenever a user faces some issue with the WhatsApp app, they can just shake their device to report the problem.

Shaking the phone would take the user to the app's "Contact us" section from where they can send logs to WhatsApp to help the company investigate the issue.

Private Replies

Sending private replies in WhatsApp groups

With another upcoming feature, WhatsApp users can send private replies even in a group conversation on the messaging app.

This interesting option will allow the user to send a message to a particular participant of the WhatsApp group, meaning other members wouldn't be able to see the message.

Reportedly, this feature has already been seen on the Web version of WhatsApp.

Shortcut for inviting members to groups

Invitation Shortcut

Shortcut for inviting members to groups

WABetaInfo said that WhatsApp, in the Android beta version, has added a new shortcut named "Invite via Link" in the Group Info.

This would be similar to the existing group invitation option in the WhatsApp iOS app.

This feature would allow group admins to send invitation links to people interested in joining the app. Admins would also have more control over their groups.

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