WhatsApp finally updated with picture-in-picture video calling and text status updates

WhatsApp formally announced that two new highly-anticipated features are now functional for those using its messaging app. As the title says, PiP (picture-in-picture) mode is available for video calls, as well as text status updates.

However, picture-in-picture video calling will only work on devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and higher since it’s the only version of the OS that includes the necessary API for the new feature to function properly. If you do own an Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone, then you can now tap back to continue the video call in picture-in-picture mode during a video call.

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WhatsApp reveals plans to launch business accounts in the coming weeks

WhatsApp has just announced that it has already started working to implement some business features to its messaging application. The company owned by Facebook is expected to launch enterprise accounts in the coming months, but for now, WhatsApp is just testing these features.

Not many details have been provided on how they will exactly work, but WhatsApp revealed that it will introduce verified business accounts, which will allow people to identify a business from another person.

Furthermore, the company announced that it is now testing different tools that …

WhatsApp intros colorful text-based status features for Android and iOS users

The team behind WhatsApp has just announced its Android and iOS apps have been updated with a brand new feature that will allow them to share creative text-based status updates much easier.

The new text-based feature enables WhatsApp users to let their friends know about the location of an event or give them vacation recommendations. It’s a fun and personal way to inform your WhatsApp contacts about anything important happening in your life.

The status text that you can use now can be customized with specific fonts and background colors. Moreover, the new …

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WhatsApp is clearly a great messaging app — it just reached one billion daily users. But it’s not always ideal to be holding huge conversations on your smartphone.

You might not know that WhatsApp isn’t just bound to your phone, though. You can use it on your computer, too. This lets you get a better look at photos, makes reading lengthy paragraphs a little more manageable, and allows you to scroll faster through group messages to get to what you’re looking for.

Here’s how to set up WhatsApp Web so you have access to the app in two places instead of one. Once you do this, all of your messages will be synched between the two devices.  Read more…

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WhatsApp update for Windows Phone hints at future business use for the app

The other day, messaging app WhatsApp told us that it now has over one billion average daily users. And yes, believe it or not, some of them wield a Windows Phone. Today, it was discovered that WhatsApp has updated its beta app for Windows Phone to version 2.17.234. While this is not a major update and contains one small change, it does give us a hint about a future capability of the app.

With the update, Windows Phone users will not be allowed to use a check mark character in their profile name. Sounds like nothing, really. However, it actually does mean more than you might think. According …

Picture-in-picture mode for video calls coming to WhatsApp on Android O

WhatsApp is very close to getting a new feature that would allow users to watch YouTube videos directly in the app, but only on iOS devices. We had already reported on the matter a few days ago, but if you don’t remember, then you should know the feature is still under development and will work just like picture-in-picture mode.

Apparently, the team behind WhatsApp is working on a similar feature for Android devices, which will work on video calls. The bad news is it will only support devices running Android O since the picture-in-picture mode was added to WhatsApp thanks to an API included …

China reportedly prevents WhatsApp users from sending images and videos

Facebook’s WhatsApp could easily go as one of the last of the mohicans in China, a country where messaging services that don’t abide by the government’s restrictive cybersecurity laws have been blocked partially or entirely.

Unfortunately, WhatsApp seems to be the last victim of China’s “Great Firewall,” the country’s intricate system of internet filters and controls. NYT reports China has disrupted WhatsApp services in the country, as many users say they are now unable to send videos and images through the messaging app.

Some can’t even send text-based messages, which suggests the …

You'll soon be able to watch YouTube videos in WhatsApp

WhatsApp recently introduced the option to send any type of file through its instant messenger, but new features are expected to come to the app in the not so distant future.

Some of these new features have already been implemented into the app, but they are hidden to the public for the time being. One of the most recent WhatsApp for iOS updates introduced one feature that would certainly be very useful to users: the option to watch YouTube videos directly in WhatsApp.

Although it’s still under development, the new feature allows those who can access it to …

You can now send just about any file type with WhatsApp

Courtesy of a recent app update, WhatsApp users can now send almost any common file between one another. Be it a PDF document, a ZIP archive, an .XLS table, or even an .APK file, WhatsApp users can share files up to 100MB large on Android and up to 128MB on iOS. Even JPEG files get some love. 

Wait, what? Of course, WhatsApp supported image sharing, but the app used to overly optimize and deteriorate the quality of the sent images. With the latest update, WhatsApp fans can share unadulterated JPEG files between one another, which is totally a great piece of news! What’s …

Night Mode feature coming to WhatsApp to improve pictures snapped in low-light?

WhatsApp, the messaging app purchased by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping $21 billion, could be looking to add a new feature for its 1.2 billion members to enjoy. On the app’s translation page is a request for the words Night Mode. No, this is not the Night Mode that reverses the black text on white background to produce a UI that won’t strain your eyes at night. This is something else entirely.

The Night Mode for WhatsApp works with the camera UI to enhance the quality of  photographs taken in low-light conditions. This new button could also be added to the video calling feature as …