Whatsapp is one of the most popular instant messenger apps that has a huge customer base of more than one billion, which was acquired by social media giant Facebook for about nineteen billion US dollars on February 19, 2014.
It has introduced many unique features to its users and majority of the features are obtaining positive reviews from the wide range of audience.
The users of Whatsapp are experiencing some new features such as voicemail and multiple sharing features, which are already rolled out in the beta versions of Whatsapp on both iOS and Android.
Attractive features and updates in WhatsApp.
Call back feature:-
Whatsapp has created the beta version of its app that allows the user to explore the new updates of the app before it rolled out to the public.
To avail this, the regular users have to register on the Whatsapp beta testing program and download the latest version of Whatsapp from the App store.
In July 2016, Whatsapp has launched a new feature called call back and it was available on the Whatsapp beta testing program on Android Google Play of latest version v2.16.189.
This feature was initially released to the app’s beta testers of the Android version.
This ‘call back’ feature will permit the users to call back to their contacts with a single tap on the button and the button will be displayed on the notification panel, hence the user did not to open the app.
This feature is present on the notification panel along with the missed call notification. Later, this feature rolled out for the beta version of iPhone v2.16.8.
Traditional voice mail service:-
Generally, voice mail or voice message is widely used to indicate any system that conveys stored voice messages to the users and subscribers.
They are fundamentally digital recordings of incoming and outgoing messages and they can be managed by either off-site or on-site system.
It is a method of storing the voice messages electronically, which are received from the callers for the future retrieval of the intended recipients. It allows the callers to leave the short messages to the recipients that are saved on the digital media.
It allows the callers to leave the short messages to the recipients that are saved on the digital media.
Initially, this service was designed for telephony in order to prevent missed calls and also to eases the process of call screening.
After the advancements in the technological field, this voicemail service has been combined with the Internet that enables the users to get incoming messages on desktop computers along with the tablets and mobile phones.
Voice mail feature in Whatsapp:-
Voice mail is another feature introduced by the Whatsapp on the beta version for Android version v2.16.189 and this feature also available to the Android beta users.
The voice mail feature in Whatsapp denotes that if the person whom you are calling does not pick up the call or reject your call, then the new screen will be displayed to the caller.
The caller can view the screen that displayed the message which stated that the ‘Call decline’ along with the three options namely Call back, Cancel and Record voice message.
The same message will be shown to the caller irrespective of the scenarios such as the call has been ignored, declined or missed. If the user selects the Cancel option, the new screen will be closed. The Callback option makes a call to the users’ recently dialed number who just ignored or missed the user call.
The Callback option makes a call to the users’ recently dialed number who just ignored or missed the user call.
The final option is Record voice message that is similar to the voice mail service where the caller can send audio files to the recipient or person whom the user wants to interact.
TheFacebook-owned company Whatsapp described the service provided by this feature and stated that whether the user makes a Whatsapp call to any other user and if they ignore or missed the call, the user can immediately send a voice message to the recipients.
This service is similar to the traditional voicemail service used in the earlier days.
Whatsapp has used Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in its voice mail service, which is cheaper than the standard landline messages.
The sent voice mail will be transmitted like a voice message, but the user was unable to hear the message before the message sends to the recipient.
Initially, this feature was available in the beta versions of Whatsapp for Android and iOS and later, the stable versions of this feature are released for the iOS and Android users.
Multiple sharing attributes:-
One of the notable features of Whatsapp was the ability to send a message to multiple people. The Android beta version of Whatsapp 2.16.230 has a new feature that allows the user to forward or send messages or content to multiple contacts simultaneously.
In the earlier versions, the app was capable of sending or forwarding any content or message to a single person at a time.
In the previous versions, if the users want to share any video, photo, text, or a document from their smartphones, they have to choose the share or send button in that particular app. After the selection of share or send option, it displayed the list of apps and the users have to select Whatsapp to send that message.
After the selection of share or send option, it displayed the list of apps and the users have to select Whatsapp to send that message.
But, this option simplifies the process of sharing a message to a number of persons and even also to the group chats. The users have to long press on their contact list and it will pop up the multiple user’s selection option automatically.
Addition to this new feature, Whatsapp also displays the contacts of three persons with whom the user had a recent conversation or frequent chats.
This option provides an easy way to the users for forwarding and sharing content with their other contacts.
The iOS and Android users of Whatsapp can use this text formatting feature that allows the user to change their text format during the chat conversation. The app offers the users to use text formats such as italics, bold and strike-through while texting in the app.
In order to convert the standard font into bold type, the users have to type the message in between the two (*) asterisks symbols. For strikethrough style, the users have to type the text in between two (~) tilde symbols. The text will be converted into italics if the user typed the text between the two (_) underscore symbols.
The text will be converted into italics if the user typed the text between the two (_) underscore symbols.
FixedSys font is the recently added feature in Whatsapp that used to make a chat in a different font and it is similar to the feature available in Windows that also has the same name.
This feature is available on the latest beta version of Whatsapp for Android version 2.16.179 and it is only font feature provided by Whatsapp. This feature is also available to the beta users of the Android version.
If the user wants to type the message in FixedSys then the users have to insert three back quote symbols at the both starting and ending of a word or a sentence.
This FixedSys cannot be merged with the other font styles such as italics, strike-through and bold, which are existing font styles available on Whatsapp.
There are few more innovative features are also available on the Whatsapp such Unicode 9 emojis, improved music sharing feature and more.
These Attractive Features and Updates in Whatsapp are making the Whatsapp as a most widely used messaging app across the world.
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