11 May 2019
WhatsApp for Android to get Sticker Notifications, Dark Mode soon
WhatsApp is working to introduce a bunch of new features that will enhance your messaging experience on the platform.
Moreover, the Facebook-owned messaging app has also resumed working on adding Dark Mode on its Android platform.
Everything to know about WhatsApp's Sticker Notifications
Presently, WhatsApp shows text and emojis in the notification bar but for stickers, the app displays the word 'Sticker' and heart emoji. However, this is going to change soon.
The company is working on Sticker Notifications Preview wherein when you receive a sticker, its preview will be available in the notification.
Currently, this feature is being tested on WhatsApp beta version 2.19.130 for Android.
Meanwhile, here are some of the recently released WhatsApp features
WhatsApp has recently added biometric authentication, a way to lock down the messaging app and prevent third-party access.
The feature is already available for iPhone users who can use Face ID/Touch ID on their devices, while the Android version is in beta.
Notably, the capability will also let you choose when the app would lock: immediately after use or after 1, 10, 30 minutes.
In-app browsing capabilities
WhatsApp's Android beta version 2.19.74 also gives a glimpse of an in-app browser.
The feature, as the name suggests, lets users open links within WhatsApp itself, instead of redirecting them to a third-party browser like Chrome or Opera.
The capability is similar to how links open within the Facebook app and certainly enhances your messaging experience.
Group privacy controls to prevent unwanted blocking
Group privacy control is probably one of the best features released by WhatsApp in the last few months.
The option, accessed from the privacy tab in account settings, lets you block unwanted people from adding you into groups.
You can pick anyone from 'everybody, my contacts, and nobody' to define who could add you into groups.
WhatsApp has also resumed working on Dark Mode
WhatsApp has reportedly resumed working on adding Dark Mode onto its Android app. Recently, WABetaInfo reported that the messaging app had removed dark mode from its Android app. However, the blog has now confirmed that WhatsApp has started working again on the much-anticipated feature.