WhatsApp for Android gains a global update today which adds a fair number of time saving and security features.
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New additions include changing the “last seen” status, which will be handy for those who want to keep their last chat timestamps private from others. Also, the ability to add a nice, chunky Video thumbnail certainly makes the chats look more accessible. Other notable features include setting the privacy for statues and the option to pay for a friends WhatsApp subscription. Are these new features indicative of the US$19-billion Facebook buyout? Nope, but every little bit helps. As for accessing the Camera shortcut, this means that we can plonk a 1×1 Widget on our Android desktops.
For those who want to pay for a friend, they’ll find this option under “Contacts” in the settings menu. It’s only US$4 for five years of WhatsApp. Best gift ever? A full list of updates are below.
- new privacy settings for last seen, profile photo and status
- add Camera shortcut for quicker picture sending
- add ability to pay for a friend’s WhatsApp service
- add large video thumbnails in chat
- add option to show unread messages on home screen widget (Android 3.0+)
- add option to share/save profile photo/group icon
- increase message history user can send
- fix sending flag emoji on Sony phones
- fix voice note recording volume on Samsung Note 3 and Sony phones
- enabled Hindi (Android 4.1+)
There’s no word on the iOS update as yet, but you can grab WhatsApp by clicking the button below.
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