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WhatsApp releases new features for iOS, Android users

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A display of WhatsApp logo. — AFP/File

WhatsApp has introduced new feature updates for both iOS and Android users which are mentioned as follows.

WhatsApp beta for iOS

WhatsApp has added a possibility for users to mark favourite contacts. With just a single press, users will be able to initiate phone calls with their favourite contacts straight from the calls page, simplifying the procedure. 

Although this feature is still in development, it appears that WhatsApp is also thinking about adding more features, especially for favourite contacts. 

This information was found in the most recent WhatsApp beta for iOS, which was obtained using the TestFlight app.

In addition, WhatsApp is working on a chat filter function to make it easier for users to keep track of their interactions with their favourite friends. In a future update, the new chat filter will allow users to prioritise and easily access chats with their favourite contacts, so they never miss any crucial messages from them. 

It’s essential to note that WhatsApp Web will soon receive an update with this feature, so it’s not just available on the iOS app.

We anticipate that users managing many conversations with a dedicated chat filter would greatly benefit from the addition of the option to designate favourite contacts. 

WhatsApp will make it simpler for users to prioritise crucial discussions by enabling them to flag particular contacts as favourites, guaranteeing quick access to people they interact with regularly. 

Favourite contacts will enable users to tailor their messaging experience to their preferences, guaranteeing that they can effectively manage their chats and maintain constant communication with their most significant contacts.

WhatsApp beta for Android

It was revealed last year that WhatsApp was investigating the possibility of sending animated emojis made with the Lottie framework. 

WhatsApp sought to improve user expression and communication by creating a dynamic and engaging form of emoji interaction, made possible by Lottie, a package that enables designers to create animations while keeping quality even when proportions are altered. 

The most recent WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store revealed that, despite support for animated emoticons still being worked on, WhatsApp appears to be working on adding Lottie support for stickers as well.

With the addition of Lottie support, WhatsApp is now concentrating on improving the sticker experience while continuing to support WebP, a popular picture format renowned for its effectiveness and quality. 

When comparing Lottie to WebP pictures, more intricate and dynamic animations are possible. Lottie allows stickers to have complex movements, effects, and transitions, which enhances their expressiveness and engagement. 

Furthermore, Lottie animations are adaptable to a range of chat interfaces and screen sizes because they can be resized without sacrificing quality.

The addition of Lottie stickers will help users communicate their feelings and messages with greater visual appeal, opening up a whole new level of expressiveness and creativity in their chats, according to WABetaInfo.

In a later version, Lottie will allow users to benefit from a better quality experience for stickers, mainly because it supports vector-based animations. 

Lottie’s integration with sticker functionality will make it possible to create animated stickers with more realistic movements, vivid colours, and fine details, which will improve the degree of engagement in our talks.

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