Facebook Owned WhatsApp Rolls Out 5 New Features for Android

3 September 2015

Edinburgh: The wait is finally over and the Facebook owned WhatsApp has come up with an update for Android users after performing beta tests for a month. Now the latest WhatsApp version (2.12.250) is available on Google Play Store. With this update, the users will not just be able to enjoy the improved control but can also access some new emoticons and cut down the data usage while making WhatsApp calls.

Here are the 5 new features rolled out with the latest WhatsApp version:

  1. Mark messages as unread: Marking the message unread was a feature on email services since long back and now it has made its way to messengers as well. When you receive a WhatsApp message, you can actually read the message and mark it back as ‘unread’. But once you read the message, the status in the sender’s device will not be changed. The feature is just to help you mark the messages that you wish to take a detailed look when you are free.
  2. Custom notifications: Though the custom notifications are not new for WhatsApp, they are new for individual chats on WhatsApp. Yes, you can now have the custom notifications not just for groups but also for individual chats. You can set a specific notification tone, vibration and colour of the light to blink for individual chats as well.
  3. Mute individual chats: Muting the conversation was already a feature on WhatsApp but the users were able to mute the conversation just for group chats. But now, the update has taken this to a next level allowing users to mute the conversation for individual chats as well. You can open the contact list on WhatsApp, tap on the contact name and then on “view contact”. This opens a window where you can just slide the bar and mute the conversation.
  4. Low data usage during WhatsApp calling: The calling feature in WhatsApp has earned lots of users for the platform. If you are a regular user of this calling feature on WhatsApp, the update can probably add a smile on your face as you can limit the data usage while calling on WhatsApp.
  5. New emoticons and skin tone variations: The latest WhatsApp version has also brought a bunch of new emoticons like the much-talked ‘Vulcan salute’ and several others. Along with some new emoticons, app has also brought the skin tone variations for emoticons where the user can play with six different colours while using the emoticons.

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