Consumers’ concerns that the amount of data traded between Facebook and WhatsApp will substantially increase is what spurred the backlash.
To stay ahead of the competition, the Facebook-owned company continues to roll out new features to improve the user experience. The company has been continuously introducing new features, the majority of which are in response to user requests. The app now has functionality for disappearing messages, following the addition of Dark Mode last year.
WhatsApp is now experimenting with a new feature that would allow users to use the app on various devices with the same account. A single account can be used on up to four devices with multi-device capability. This feature has already been put to the test by the company.
“Users will have the same functionality that is accessible on the current public versions of WhatsApp Web, Desktop, and Portal, simply without the requirement to have your phone connected,” a WhatsApp representative told TechRadar. “Our multi-device functionality immediately improves the experience for people who utilize Desktop/Web and Portal,” the representative continues. It will also allow for the gradual addition of compatibility for other types of devices.”
Update to Archive Chats
It’s also developing a function that will keep archived chats archived even when a new message arrives. According to speculations, the company may rebrand the Archive Chat tool to Read Later and add some other capabilities.
Users will be able to focus on crucial communications rather than all of the other messages that show on the site, thanks to the new Archived Chats functionality. New options for archived chats have been released by the messaging app, allowing users more control over their inbox and several ways to organize the Archived Chats category.
The corporation is also developing a new tool that will allow two users to have private talks by sending a message or media that would be destroyed or disappear once read.
WhatsApp is implementing a new ‘view once’ option for photographs and videos on Android today, according to WABetainfo. The new ‘view once’ function, often known as expiring media, was introduced a few days ago. This feature allows you to send photos and movies that can only be viewed once. The feature was previously only available on Instagram, but it is now available on WhatsApp as well. It also allows users to see if the material has been viewed by the receiver.
WhatsApp is also working on a feature that will allow specified people to join a group call after they have missed it, according to reports. Currently, the phone call must be restarted or the user must be manually added in the middle of the conversation.
If WhatsApp continues to release innovative features such as these then it may succeed in retaining its users. Users have been anxiously waiting for these updates for years and it seems the Facebook-owned app is finally listening to what users want.
In other news, there seems to be an increase in file switch options. Google Play Store is flooding with utility apps. This is mainly due to the pandemic since most people are confined to their homes and depend on apps for the most mundane tasks.