WhatsApp users are still waiting for the long-rumored video calling feature for the popular app along with the options to send invitations using links. Did the new features arrive in the latest WhatsApp update?
According to Neurogadget, the WhatsApp update 2.16.115 for android devices is now available for download. But unfortunately, those who are eager to test video calling using the app will have to wait a bit longer because the latest version does not have the feature yet.
In fact, the latest update does not come with major changes and new features. There were 37 files that were modified and the installation file size increased by just 9KB. But while there are no glaring improvements, it appears the developers are already preparing to launch a new feature.
It is worth noting that xml files with names “share_invite_link” and “accept_invite_link” were modified. It could be a sign that WhatsApp developers are already preparing to activate the “invitations via links” feature in the near future.
For those who want to test the WhatsApp update 2.16.116, the application is currently in beta phase but you can get on Google Play Store via the beta testing program. You should become a beta tester first before you will be allowed to download the latest beta version of the messaging application.
WhatsApp Update for iOS to Bring GIF Integration?
Meanwhile, WhatsApp developers appear ready to compete with rival messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Viber, as reports indicated iOS users could get the ability to send animated GIFs soon.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp update 18.104.22.168 for iOS devices will allow animated GIF links to be embedded into conversations. It appears the feature is still being developed, as it is not at par with rival applications, which have dedicated keyboard button for picking animated GIFs.
WhatsApp is among the most widely-used messaging applications in the world. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced earlier this year the application has one billion users. Zuckerberg also revealed that around 250 million videos and 42 billion messages are being sent using the application daily.