On Wednesday (1), WhatsApp announced a series of functions that will soon arrive on the messenger for Android and iPhone (iOS), such as contact sharing by QR code, animated stickers and a new visual configuration for video calls. The app also revealed new features that are available with the latest service update, such as the long-awaited dark mode on WhatsApp Web.
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The dark mode, which was launched in the messenger version for mobile phones in March, finally reaches the version of WhatsApp for PCs today. The interface can be activated from the WhatsApp Web settings menu, in the «theme» section. Long awaited by users, the purpose of the feature is to relieve vision when accessing the messenger in poorly lit places and at night. The color palette follows the nightly theme of the mobile app, with dark shades of gray and green.
WhatsApp took advantage of the launch of dark mode for desktop and other enhancements to announce functions that are expected to arrive soon in the application. The animated stickers, which were caught last week in the messenger test version, should arrive in the form of official WhatsApp sticker packs. It is important to note that the rival Telegram, which has gained popularity with the quarantine, has had this function since last year. It has not been disclosed whether it will be possible to use animated figures from other sources, or whether users themselves can make the images in motion.
«Theme» option now appears in the WhatsApp Web settings column – Photo: Playback / dnetc
In addition, it will be possible to share WhatsApp profiles by QR code. The tool will allow users to add themselves to contacts by reading the code with the cell phone’s camera, without the need to manually enter the number in the phone’s contacts app. The operation is similar to Snapchat’s Snapcode, which inspired QR code features on other social networks, such as Instagram.
The new look of the video call on WhatsApp allows you to highlight a specific participant of the conversation, which is displayed in the center of the mobile screen from a touch on the person. This is not the first novelty for video calls from the app with the isolation of the pandemic: in April, WhatsApp doubled the limit of conference members from four to eight people, given the increased demand for video calls.
Animated stickers and dark mode on PC are among the news of WhatsApp – Photo: Disclosure / WhatsApp
In addition, as a way to circumvent the impossibility of video calls on WhatsApp Web, the messenger gained a shortcut to Messenger Rooms, a Facebook platform that allows audio and / or video conversations with up to 50 members, without having to have an account on social networks to use it.
Another change in WhatsApp is the possibility to publish Status in the application for phones with KaiOS. The Linux-based operating system is geared towards simpler phones, so apps for this type of device tend to have simplified interfaces and have fewer functions – hence the absence of WhatsApp Status in the KaiOS application until then. The feature works just like on the iPhone and Android, with ephemeral posts that disappear after 24 hours.
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