Facebook-owned WhatsApp has some notable improvements in the pipeline, including support for large emoji characters, all-new public groups, the ability to share locally stored tracks and Apple Music songs with friends and family, deeper Facebook integration, profile codes, stickers and multi-account support, to name a few.
But we’re just getting started.
Prolific WhatsApp leakster @WABetaInfo has shared a bunch of screenshots along with descriptions of these and many other features that are currently being tested with a subset of WhatsApp’s user base. I’ve distilled them in this article for your reading pleasure. Here are some of the more interesting WhatsApp enhancements that we’re looking forward to.
Music sharing via WhatsApp
Currently, you can share pictures, videos, documents, places and contacts via WhatsApp.
If screenshots taken from a WhatsApp beta are an indication, you will soon be able to share music with friends and family on the service. The images seem to confirm that users will be able to share both tracks that have been downloaded to their device as well as Apple Music songs.
Tidbits that matter
Other changes planned for a future WhatsApp update, which is currently being tested as we speak, include the following design changes, refinements and new capabilities:
Camera icon is removed
Redesigned chat bubbles
New features within WhatsApp settings
Improved built-in help
Opt-in for a better Facebook experiences based on your WhatsApp data (don’t worry, your chats and WhatsApp number won’t be shared on Facebook)
New options to delete chats:
Older than 30 days
Older than 6 months
All messages, except starred ones
All messages, except their documents and media attachments
All messages, except starred ones, documents and media files
All messages of old group participants
Support for quoted messages
Internal browser for viewing links (probably based on the new Safari controller) with iCloud Keychain support for viewing password-protected websites and pages
The ability to see the list of videos that haven’t been backed up, right in your chat history
Scannable profile QR codes via WhatsApp → Settings → Profile → Scan Code
Support for multiple accounts
Ability to share any file type
Support for showing multiple, scrollable images within a single chat bubble
Stickers, both Facebook and WhatsApp ones
Now, some of you may already have one or more of these features enabled.
This is normal: WhatsApp has been testing beta code with a small subset of its user base. I’ve discovered that reinstalling WhatsApp in certain cases might enable some of the hidden features being tested.