All the new features coming to WhatsApp this year
WhatsApp fans are facing a year of changes with some new features and controversial updates set to appear on the popular chat app.
Rumours are rife about a number of upgrades which could be coming soon and not all are going to be loved by the millions who access this service each day.
So, if you’re a fan of WhatsApp here’s all the biggest new features, upgrades and changes that could be arriving very soon.
First up let’s look at the GOOD news for WhatsApp users.
DARK MODE GETS CLOSER
It’s one of the features that WhatsApp users continue to want and a Dark Mode release could be getting closer.
Although nothing has yet materialised from WhatsApp, there’s been a number of screenshots posted online claiming to show how this update will look and now there’s another leak which may offer fans their best look yet at what is to come.
WAbetainfo, who has a very good track record of getting things right, recently released some screenshots of the famous WhatsApp UI with a darker colour.
The app can clearly be seen with a black background and white type.
However, in a surprise new twist, WAbetainfo is claiming this new option will be called Night Mode and not Dark Mode.
Along with these rumours, there’s another update which could mean this update is inbound.
Apple announced last week that it is bringing a Dark Mode to iOS 13 later this year and it will be available to external developers which could include WhatsApp.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens but there could be good news on the horizon.
How the new Dark Mode could look
WHATSAPP FOR iPAD
If you own an iPad there could be a big upgrade coming soon.
WhatsApp is thought to be developing a standalone app for Apple’s tablet which would offer more space to view your chats.
WABetaInfo recently claimed the firm is working on a new app designed for the Apple tablet and showcased alleged screenshots of it in action.
The outlet insisted the new programme should allow users to seamlessly continue conversations with the same phone number on their tablet.
It also appears the iPad version of WhatsApp will allow users to view more information at once without the need to browse through as many menus.
Expect more news soon but a launch could coincide with Apple’s new iPadOS which should launch in September.
WhatsApp for iPad could launch in the coming months
WHATSAPP CONVERSATION SCREENSHOTS
WhatsApp has been making its service more secure with the launch of its Authentication option aimed at stopping people snooping on your messages.
However, when this new feature is switched on it’s been reported that Android users would then be blocked from taking conversation screenshots.
Now it seems that might not be the case with a post on Twitter from WABetaInfo offering an update that should please fans.
In the message, the team said: “UPDATE: WhatsApp is still working on the Authentication feature on Android.
“I can confirm today that they have decided to allow conversation screenshots again.”
That’s all the good news but there are some less happy updates coming to fans soon.
WHATSAPP ADVERTS ARE COMING SOON
It’s been rumoured for a while and now WhatsApp looks set to finally bring adverts to its popular messaging app.
The Facebook-owned firm revealed the news during its annual Marking Summit in the Netherlands, with a rollout expected next year.
Photos of the way these new adverts will look have even been posted online with attendee Olivier Ponteville, giving fans a closer look at what’s to come.
The image, which can be seen on Twitter, shows how ads currently appear on Facebook and Instagram with a WhatsApp screenshot then revealed with a full-screen advert.
The bad news is that it seems there’s nothing that can be done to stop this new feature from arriving within the app.
It seems almost certain that there will be no way to switch them off or hide these paid-for messages which may prove to be hugely irritating.
SUPPORT FOR SOME PHONES IS ENDING
There’s some bad news for some WhatsApp users.
The messaging service has recently updated its support page with all Windows phones losing the ability to access the service.
The support for these devices will end after December 31, 2019 and will be closely followed by Android versions 2.3.7 or iPhone’s running anything older than iOS 7 – with that block coming into force from February 1, 2020.
Justifying the decision to stop supporting these phones, WhatsApp said in a blog post: “As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp.”