New WhatsApp Features are Underway: Here’s What you Need to Know

WhatsApp has been recently on the news a lot, thanks to its consistent progress and changes to its existing features and appearance.

If you are wondering what the future of WhatsApp looks like, reports suggest that the communication app is currently working on several new features that will be made available in the coming months. Following the introduction of WhatsApp-based payments and the reaction emojis, the users are excited to see what they have in store in the coming days.

Rumors suggest that WhatsApp is currently working on a new “Avatar” feature. With this new feature, the users can use this avatar as a mask when they are taking up video calls. So, no longer will individuals have to feel shy for maintaining their disguise.

WABetaInfo also reports that there will be a new section, including a new header image around the corner. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it? The reports also suggest that the users can change their avatar into a sticker for more personalized communication.

Another feature that is currently under work is the “Display of Online Status”. WhatsApp has an existing feature where the users can conceal their last seen but the new feature will allow the users to conceal their online status, offering more privacy. 

Using this feature, the users will have complete autonomy in choosing who can see their online status on the app.

The “Last Seen and Online” feature will be added under the Privacy section, as reported on WABetaInfo. With the existing issues concerning user privacy that have surfaced in recent days, WhatsApp CEO, Will Cathcart has urged the users to avoid using fake or modified versions of the WhatsApp application.

These are unsafe and can be intrusive to one’s privacy and personal information. These apps aren’t necessarily bad but they often work around WhatsApp’s original security guarantee, which is likely the last thing that anyone wants to get into when it comes to their personal information.

All of these new features are currently under work, which means that users will have to wait until the official release to use them. However, with the diversification of these individual features, we aren’t surprised that WhatsApp has a few amazing tricks up its sleeves. 

At this point, it is a waiting game. We’d recommend you keep an eye out on this space for further information.

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