A bane or a boon?!! Well, this might be the confusion lurking behind the minds of millions of WhatsApp users all across the world with the latest beta update of the app. To know more, this Facebook-owned messenger service is making sure that its current user base on the Windows Phone is not disappointed.
So, the latest WhatsApp beta update for Windows Phone has been detected in the wild version 2.18.24. This update lists new Sticker features as well as a redesigned Stickers notification icon, both of which haven’t been witnessed on Android or iPhone platforms, till now. The update also brings back the Live Location sharing feature, something that had made its way to Android and iPhone a while back. The above-stated features are expected to be rolled out on the stable build in the coming weeks.
Initially spotted by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is finally rolling out some of its popular features to the mobile OS. With this latest Beta update for the Windows Phone. This includes the Live Location Sharing feature only confined within the Windows Phone users. Initially, launched in October last for the Android and iOS, and this states of users sharing their real-time location with contacts in personal as well as group messages. Users also have the liberty to set the time limit up to which the location updates might be shared.
Another feature states that WhatsApp beta on Windows Phone would receive the ability to send Stickers in individual and group chats. With this, the notification icon for Stickers in WhatsApp would also include a “heart-shaped” logo to distinguish between regular messages and the ones with stickers in them. Of course, this sticker feature is new for the app, across all platforms. Notably, the stickers feature was first introduced in 2.18.2 beta and is in fact hidden by default. The report further notes that this feature would be remotely enabled in the future.
The above features can be accessed by downloading the beta version of WhatsApp. But also for that users would have to wait for the stable version, to get the features on Windows Phone, as beta versions generally tend to have bugs.
Separately, with this WhatsApp is also testing a UPI-based payments platform in the Indian market currently. According to the messaging app, a ‘full feature’ money transfer service is expected to roll out soon in the country in collaboration with four banks and in accordance with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).