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Whatsapp Announces Hoard of New Features; To Roll Out in next few weeks

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New features include animated stickers, QR codes, dark mode for the web and desktop app, perfection in group video calls, and the status feature on KaiOS.

WhatsApp has announced a store of new features for the app, which includes animated stickers, QR codes, dark mode for the web and desktop app, perfection to group video calls, and the status feature on KaiOS.

WhatsApp says these features will be rolled out over the next few coming weeks. Features like the animated stickers and QR codes will be made available for both Android and iOS users.

Know about the features coming to WhatsApp:

Animated Stickers

Presently, WhatsApp uses static stickers of its own and from third-party apps. While that will continue, with the update, WhatsApp will get animated stickers now. In addition to the ones present in the platform will add by default, the app will also allow users to download animated sticker packs from third-party apps.

QR codes

She way you scan a QR code on the WhatsApp web or desktop app to link your account, WhatsApp will soon allow you to add contacts by just scanning QR codes.

Dark mode for WhatsApp web and Desktop app

Earlier this year, WhatsApp started rolling out the long-awaited dark mode on its iOS and Android app. Though, WhatsApp Web and the desktop app still didn't have the feature. However, WhatsApp has now announced that in the coming weeks the dark mode theme will be extended to the computers as well.

Advancements to group video calls

In April, WhatsApp increased the group video call limit from four to eight people.

Now, WhatsApp has announced an advancement to the feature, which will enable you to tap and hold to maximise a participant's video to full screen. At the same time, when you are connected to other participants on the call. This is similar to switching from your video to the person's while on a two-person video call.

In group chats of eight or less WhatsApp is adding a video icon, so that you can quickly start a group video call with just one-tap.

Status feature on KaiOS

Last year, KaiOS – an OS for feature phones – added support for WhatsApp. Due to the limitation of processing power and memory, apps on these platforms are rather light to make sure it doesn't interfere with the phone's performance. WhatsApp on KaiOS allows messaging and sending voice notes till now. In the next update, the Status feature will be added to WhatsApp on KaiOS.

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