To stay competitive against other instant messaging apps and services, WhatsApp is introducing a number of capabilities to the app. We now get a sneak peek at some of the features that WhatsApp plans to introduce in the future, thanks to leaks. A new call interface, end-to-end encryption indicators, quick reply buttons, and more are just a few of the new features.
1. New calling interface
One of the most popular features of WhatsApp is WhatsApp Calls, which allows users to make voice calls directly from the app over a cellular or WiFi connection. The new interface is more compact and modern, and it will look better during group calls in particular. The buttons on the bottom, however, stay the same. In a future beta update, both Android and iOS users will receive the update. Because the leaked screenshot above is from WhatsApp for iOS, we expect iOS users will be the first to receive the update.
2. End-to-end encryption indicators
WhatsApp is adding new indications to its conversations and calls that will let users know that every communication on the network is encrypted end-to-end. The indicators can be seen in the leaked iOS screenshot below, but the functionality will also be available on Android smartphones later. The modification will first be available to Android and iOS beta users before being rolled out to stable users.
3. Quick Replies
For WhatsApp Business, a quick replies shortcut is being added. The WhatsApp Business app will soon have a new feature that allows users to choose from a list of pre-programmed short responses to send to clients. WhatsApp Business users will be able to type “/” in the chat and select a preset message to use quick answers. The functionality will be available to iOS and Android beta users, and it may eventually make its way to stable versions.
4. More control for group admins
WhatsApp will soon provide group admins new features, including the ability to erase messages from other members of the group. This will allow administrators to better oversee and govern any undesirable behaviour in the group, as well as avoid confusion. Admins who delete messages will receive a deleted message notice that differs from the standard notice. Both Android and iOS users will be able to use the feature.
WhatsApp is also allowing users to start new Communities. Admins will be able to welcome new users using a Community Invite Link and then begin texting other members, according to reports. Admins will be able to form groups within groups in communities. Users will be able to identify Communities from ordinary group chats thanks to a modest design tweak, it appears. This capability is also planned to be available to Android and iOS users in the future.