WhatsApp announces Animated Stickers, QR codes and more

Ruben Fields
July 3, 2020

WhatsApp for Android and iPhone will get new features such as animated stickers and QR codes along with an improved video calling functionality over the coming weeks.

Animated stickers bridge the gap between GIFs and stickers, and offer up a way to express yourself when words (and emoji) just can't cut the mustard. Also, there is a new video icon in group chats of 8 or less, so you can easily start a group video call with 1-tap.

Adding a contact to your WhatsApp will become even easier, thanks to a new feature. No more tapping in their digits one at a time.

The web version of WhatsApp is also gaining support for dark mode to match the app. This is somewhat similar to switching from your video to the person's while on a two-person video call.

When QR codes had first appeared on WhatsApp beta, reports had suggested that this feature may lay the foundation for multi-account support of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has released a couple of new features for its users today.

IMAGE WhatsApp
IMAGE WhatsApp

Although it sounds like a user-friendly feature, it may put people at risk of having their WhatsApp accounts shared with people they don't necessarily want to share it with. People will now have a QR code that be scanned to add them to your contacts.

The messaging app has been working on animated stickers for a while now. The feature will be available for all users in the weeks to come.

In April, the messaging platform increased the number of participants on video call to eight.

Specifically, the company is enabling a way (press-and-hold) to maximize the view of a participant during a group video call as well as adding an instant video button for groups of up to 8 people.

Finally, the Linux-based KaiOS operating system will now be able to create their own WhatsApp Status - a message that disappears after a certain period of time, much like a story on Instagram or Facebook. You need not type someone's phone number as before!

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