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WhatsApp to launch new features to enhance user experience: Details

WhatsApp is working on several new features like- locked chats on linked devices, exploring new channels, autoplay animated images, status updates of up to 1 minute, and hidden community group chats.

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Published on: May 19, 2024 16:50 IST
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WhatsApp, a Meta-owned instant messaging platform is reportedly working on several new features to enhance the user experience on the platform. As per the reports, the company has been working on features like - locked chats on linked devices, exploring new channels, status updates of up to 1 minute, hidden community group chats and autoplay animated images.

As per the WABetaInfo report, the new feature is currently available for some beta testers. The 0’locked chats on linked devices’ feature will enable the users to protect their conversations from their linked devices. However, the users will be able to create a secret code to open the locked chats folder from their linked devices.

Another feature is "status updates of up to 1 minute" will will let the users share videos of up to 1 minute in length via status updates. Earlier, the limit to share videos on status was limited to 30 seconds. The feature is currently available for some beta testers and will further roll out to more people over the coming weeks (timeline unspecified), the report stated.

Further, WhatsApp introduced a new shortcut to "explore new channels", to make it promptly visible and accessible. According to the report, making the ability to explore channels more visible offers the advantage of improving user engagement with content discovery.

The explore new channels feature is available to some beta testers.

In addition, the messaging platform is working on a feature to manage the "autoplay of animated images" right within the app settings. Specifically, this feature will disable all animations for emojis, stickers, and avatars, providing them with enhanced control over their chat experience.

Presently, this feature is under development and it will be available in a future update of the app, the report mentioned.

Lastly, WhatsApp is developing a feature that will allow users to mark "community group chats as hidden". This feature will be available in the future update of the app.

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Inputs from IANS

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