It feels better when we are able to toggle between the options in a better way when it comes to using apps. There are millions of apps available and what matters the most for the app to be doing good amongst the users is that it should have great features and easy to use a well.
What matters the most in an application is the interface which is being used in it. That is the selling point for any kind of app; if it has an interesting interface then it is definitely a winner. Whenever there is an app in the store, it is an obvious fact that there are updates available for the users.
In the recent times, we can see that are a lot of improvements in the world famous messaging platform WhatsApp. There have been many different kinds of updates being introduced in the app. Now, we can see that there have been changes in the way the different options were made available on the app.
Previously when someone wanted to make a call, they need to go into the calls tab and make a new call from the contacts. A pop window would show up for the user to choose which call they would like to make. The app two options for making calls, one is audio call and the other is a video call.
In the previous version of the app, by default, the user had the call button on the right top corner of the chat window. The attachment of multimedia files icon was also available on the right top corner of the app and it has been like that long since the app has been launched. It is an obvious factor that the users are pretty much used to the locations where the option used to sit on the app
There is a change with the user interface of the app, now there is a new update with the user interface as well. In the recent past, we have been seeing that there are new features being added to the app. In the recent times, there is a change in the user interface as well; even that element of the app had got a new update.
At present, the options of the attachment icon do not sit in the same place it used to in the past. We can clearly see that the location of the attachment icon has been moved next to the text area where we type the text we send it to our contacts. Apart from that aspect, we can that there is an addition to the right top corner of the app next to the phone icon.
It is the video call icon which we get to see next to the call button icon. The changes of the icons relocation are done to make sure that it is not cluttered. If the video call icon, call icon and the attachment icon all were put on the same line, then it would look cluttered and there will be no neatness maintained in it as well.
WhatsApp is famous for the simple, neat and clean interface it has when compared to other messaging platforms. These updates of the interface were first made available for the beta testers of the app. We can clearly see that over the years there have been modifications in the user interface and addition of new features to the app.
When the app was first launched, it was predominantly used for sending and receiving innumerable text messages to people across the world. On a later note, audio calling feature was added to the app, so it is easy for people to get connected with their near and dear ones. It has been a great aide for the people to make calls to cross countries at a low cost.
The only requirement which they needed was a good quality data connection to make a call without any hindrances. Then there were other new updates introduced in the app as well. On a later note, there was a new feature added to the app which is the video calling feature.
There was not a particular icon to make a normal video call when the user selects the call option; there was a pop up showing voice call or video call. Then there was a modification made to that option as well, the call icon and video call icon was flashed under the calls tab along with the contacts.
Now, we can that the video call icon has taken the spot where attachment icon was previously placed in the app. The video call icon is a now available beside the audio call icon and the attachment beside the “Type your message” text area. The text box also has a new look to it with the corners being rounded rather than the older version with a rectangular box.
These changes which have taken place in the app might not seem to be huge. The changes are minimal and don’t have a great impact as well. It is just that the users will be able to have a better way to use the app and be benefitted through it. This new update of the user interface is still in the testing phase of the app and is available only in the beta version.
Apart from the update with the user interface, we can see that there are other features which are being tested in the beta version of the app. A particular feature where the user has the option to be able to track down the location of the people who are on our contact list, it will fetch the live location of the particular person.
There is an option already available for the users where they can share the location. But the new feature is to track the live location within a time interval of 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes and indefinite. Apart from that one update, there is another update which it to revoke sent messages.
Users will be able to revoke a sent message within a time interval of 5 minutes. It can be achieved only in 2 different circumstances, one is when the message is at the server and another one is when the message is delivered but not read. If the recipient reads the message then there will be no option for the user to be able to revoke the message.
Though we text a lot of people in our contact list in WhatsApp, there are a few with whom we chat often. In that case, there is a feature being tested, where the user will be able to pin the chat to the top of the list of conversations. For time being, the user has the option to pin up to 3 pins and it might change over a period of time.
Another update which might be coming up is a video to gif converter as well. In the recent times, the app has been seeing a lot of changes and a new set of features. It is said that by the end of the year, users will get to see a completely different WhatsApp. So folks, make sure that you have your WhatsApp up-to-date to enjoy all the interesting and exciting features and changes in the interface as well.
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