Facebook-owned WhatsApp has reportedly been working on several new features that may come in 2021. Wonder what those features are that the social messaging app is likely set to get this year? Here’s the list
Audio and video calling for WhatsApp Web
It is one of the most-awaited features of WhatsApp. It will allow users to make voice and video calls directly from WhatsApp Web. WABetaInfo in December last year reported that some users have started receiving voice and video call buttons in chat windows for the WhatsApp web.
WhatsApp has been testing multi-device support for quite some time now. The feature will allow users to add more than one device for a single account. According to a recent WABetaInfo report, the feature will allow audio and video calls to ring across devices at the same time.
Ability to mute videos before sending
WhatsApp may soon allow users to mute videos before sending them to their contacts. As per WABetaInfo report, the feature is currently under development. The feature will bring a speaker icon that will be available on the left side of the video, next to the duration and file size details. Users will be able to tap on this icon in order to mute a video before sharing it.
Read later feature
Read later feature will allow users to mute a chat after which WhatsApp will not send notifications for the selected chat. It will be an enhanced version of Archived chat. Key difference between the two being that Read Later feature will not notify users in case they receive a new message in that chat. WhatsApp currently sends notifications for Archived chats.
Joining missed group calls at any time
WhatsApp is said to be rolling out support for users to join missed group calls at any time. As per WABetaInfo, the feature will allow users to join a group call even if the user has missed a call in case it isn’t over.
Ability to attach multiple photos and videos
Said to be coming for Apple iPhone users first, it will enable users to attach multiple images and videos. This essentially means that if a user selects multiple images from the Photos app and then taps on “Export” and then on “Copy,” he/she will be able to paste the content in the chat bar.
Insurance products on WhatsApp
WhatsApp is set to roll out health insurance and micro-pension products on its messaging platform in India. The company will offer the same through tie-ups with licensed financial services players. In the first phase, the instant messaging platform is set to partner with SBI General to launch a sachet-health insurance cover and HDFC Pension to offer National Pension Products.
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