Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on several new features for the last year. Moreover, we know it releases new features every other month to improve the overall user experience. In the last year, they have launched several new features to the users of the messaging platform. Some of these features are presently in development, whereas some others are in beta form.
7 Upcoming WhatsApp Features Expected To Launch in 2021
WhatsApp is testing multi-device support for quite some time now. The feature will allow users to add more than one device for a single account. The feature is currently in development. Moreover, it has surfaced in the beta version one too many times. Currently, it only supports two devices at the same time, namely a phone and a desktop. However, this new multi-device support will allow users to add up to four devices on a single account.
As per a report of WaBetaInfo, the app will finally bring in a logout option for its users. It will allow users to logout from their accounts from their devices, just like Facebook and other social networking apps. Moreover, it surfaced on the new beta version of WhatsApp. It is said to roll out to both iOS and Android versions of the app soon. Furthermore, this feature is likely to allow people on the app to use their account on multiple devices at the same time.
Instagram Reels on WhatsApp
The messaging platform can get the Instagram Reels section going forward. The feature will reportedly allow users to watch Instagram Reels directly from the messaging app. Moreover, this can be a part of WhatsApp’s integration plan with other Facebook-owned apps.
For those unaware, Instagram Reels is the short video feature, which was added to the picture-sharing app last year after the government banned TikTok.
Audio Message Speed and Disappearing Images
Thanks to various leaks, we know that it is also working on a new audio message feature. The feature can allow users to control the speed at which the audio message plays. In addition to the 1x speed, users will be able to play the audio files at 1.5x or 2x speeds, per a report by WABetaInfo.
Whereas, disappearing images will be similar to WhatsApp’s self-destructing messages in the basic sense. They will automatically delete from the chat after a while. The self-destructing photo feature is currently in work. It is likely to roll out on both Android and iOS versions of WhatsApp via a future update.
This particular feature is under testing and development for quite some time now. According to leaks, it will be an improved version of the existing Archived Chats feature on WhatsApp. When a chat is moved to read later, the app will not send notifications for that chat. Additionally, the feature will include a ‘vacation mode’, which will ensure that the ‘read later’ chats work the same way as archived chats on the current stable version.
Read later will also come with an edit button for users to customize settings. Users will also be able to select multiple chats at once to quickly unarchive them.
WhatsApp will 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 can partner with SBI General to launch a sachet-health insurance cover and HDFC Pension to offer National Pension Products.
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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.
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