WhatsApp gets animated stickers, QR codes, one-tap group video calling, and more
Another cool feature making its way is a tap-and-hold gesture for expanding a tile in group video calls, alongside dark mode for its desktop client.
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WhatsApp’s payment service suspended in Brazil less than two weeks after launch
The reason behind the Central Bank’s move to suspend the payments service is to ensure a competitive environment and to assess the risks it poses.
WhatsApp users report issue updating their online status in the app’s privacy settings
The WhatsApp issue has raised its head due to a bug that will reportedly be resolved via a server-side update, but that is yet to happen.
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WhatsApp launches its payment service in Brazil after lengthy beta-testing in India
Users won’t have to pay a transaction fee to send payments via WhatsApp, but businesses will be charged a standard processing fee.
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WhatsApp adds QR code support in new Android beta
We expect it to roll out to the stable version soon.
WhatsApp starts testing Messenger Rooms shortcut on Android and iOS
The Messenger Rooms shortcut appears on the attachment tray and in the calls section, but it is only available to a small bunch of beta testers.
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WhatsApp falls under scanner of India watchdog over antitrust allegations
A complaint alleges that WhatsApp is forcing its payments service on 400 million-plus users in India and that the company is abusing its market position.
Poynter Institute’s WhatsApp bot will fact check COVID-19 claims to curb misinformation
Poynter Institute’s WhatsApp bot will let users in 70 countries quickly verify a coronavirus-related claim and see if it is true or just another hoax.
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WhatsApp Group video and voice calls are now available for up to 8 people
WhatsApp for iOS has been updated to support up to eight people who can simultaneously join a group voice or video call.
WhatsApp will soon allow up to eight participants in a group call
WhatsApp currently allows only up to four people in a group voice or video call, but that number will soon be increased to eight.
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WhatsApp and WHO partner to bring ‘Together at Home’ sticker pack amid coronavirus lockdown
These reflect all the moods during this period of staying indoors.
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You’ll soon be able to add more than 4 users on WhatsApp group calls
There is no clarity on how many the number of participants will be allowed on the group call once this extension is rolled out.
WhatsApp makes it easier to make a group video call
Instead of adding participants one by one, WhatsApp users can now select all group call members in one go before starting the group voice or video call.
WhatsApp limits message forwarding to one chat at a time
WhatsApp says it important to slow the spread of misleading content to preserve the platform’s identity as a place for personal conversation.
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WhatsApp may get multi-device login and expiring messages feature soon
Both features are expected to launch on iOS and Android devices soon.
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WhatsApp starts limiting Status Videos to 15 seconds
The app gives you the option to specify any 15-second section of a video that can go as your status.
WhatsApp will soon let you auto-delete messages in private chat
The message auto-delete feature for private chats in WhatsApp is currently not available publicly, but it might arrive with the next stable update.
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WhatsApp is starting to get new dark mode on Android phones
A new software update for Whatsapp on Android devices is starting to give users a new dark mode for this messaging app
Google is making private WhatsApp group chats discoverable by indexing invite links
By indexing the invite links to WhatsApp group chats, Google is letting anyone join a private conversation with just a random keyword search.
WhatsApp for iPhone beta update brings Dark Mode and Advanced Search Mode
Dark Mode on WhatsApp for iPhone is only compatible with devices running iOS 13 or a later version following the fresh beta update.
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Gboard’s Emoji Kitchen allows you to combine emojis to create new ones
Emoji Kitchen enables users to take their favorite emojis and mix them into customized stickers. However, it works only with those supported by Google.
Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to be the SELFIE KING?!(video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the possible 40MP selfie camera in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro leaks and more
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Facebook has stopped plans to insert ads into WhatsApp, for now
According to a new report, Facebook plans for integrating ads into WhatsApp may be on hold, at least for a while
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Pocketnow Daily: OnePlus Launching a NEW Device at CES 2020?!(video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the surprise we may get from OnePlus, China and US possible trade deal and more
Facebook may not integrate WhatsApp and Instagram because of the FTC
It seems that Facebook may soon start its WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger integration, but the Federal Trade Commission may want to think otherwise