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Soon, 'recall' your messages on WhatsApp!

20 Jun 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
WhatsApp's latest new features

How many times have you sent a message to a boss/ex/relative on WhatsApp, only to regret it the very next second?

Those worries might soon be gone. If rumors are true, all versions from 2.17.30 and later will have the 'recall' feature, which will allow you to revoke sent messages.

There's a rider: it has to be done before the receiver reads the message.

In context: WhatsApp's latest new features

A brief history of WhatsApp

WhatsApp, born in 2009 thanks to former Yahoo employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum, is today the biggest messaging app in the world. In 2014, Facebook acquired it in its most expensive deal: $19bn. Then started a series of updates one after the other.

ChangesThe first major changes after Facebook's acquisition

In January'15, WhatsApp Web came into being that for the first time allowed account-holders to use the messaging platform on a computer.

Initially, it was available on Android, BlackBerry and Windows. Coverage was later extended to more OSes.

Over 1.5 years later, it launched its video-calling feature for iOS, Android and Windows, catching up with several rivals including Skype, FaceTime, and Facebook's own Messenger,

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Then WhatsApp said farewell to older OSes

In January'17, WhatsApp stopped working on older iPhones and Android systems, including Android 2.1 and 2.2, iPhone 3GS or iOS 6, and Windows Phone 7. Citing security concerns, it said anyone with older handsets should migrate to newer ones to continue the service.
Sometimes its plans backfired

FailureSometimes its plans backfired

Sometimes, however, its 'upgrades' backfired, and badly. In February this year, it introduced 'Stories', just like Snapchat, which allowed users to upload pictures and videos as their status for 24 hours, after which they will automatically disappear.

After much backlash, it brought back the text status feature after a month, starting with the Android Beta version of WhatsApp.

In latest major change, WhatsApp allowed change of phone number

In April, WhatsApp allowed users to change their phone numbers and also share their live location. Now it automatically notifies contacts about the number change; users can still choose whether to share the new number or not. What will be the next new feature?

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23 Jun 2017WhatsApp to bring payments on its platform?

WhatsApp users might soon be able to transfer money via UPI on the platform. The Facebook-owned messaging app is already in talks with SBI, NPCI and other financial institutions to "devise ways to integrate their systems" for the same.

"We are currently at the 'proof of concept' stage," said an SBI official.

WhatsApp's 200mn users present a huge potential for the initiative.

14 Jul 2017Latest WhatsApp update: Share almost any kind of file

The latest update of WhatsApp makes sharing of files easier. Large documents can now be shared; the update limits the file size sharing up to 100MB.

WhatsApp will now also arrange photos in a gallery if the user is sending more than five photos at once.

To aid better sharing, WhatsApp will now send photos in their original picture resolution.

18 Jul 2017Soon, iOS users can watch YouTube videos directly on WhatsApp!

iOS users will soon be able to play YouTube videos directly on WhatsApp, according to WABetaInfo, which claims the feature is under development.

However, the new YouTube feature will only be available on the Phone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 6 and 6 Plus.

There is no word yet on if and when it will be available on Android.