Update adds new features to Android version of WhatsApp

Update adds new features to Android version of WhatsApp
Messaging app WhatsApp has a new update for Android users. You can format text by flanking a particular word with a specific symbol. Put an asterisk around a word to make it show up as *Bold*. To use strikethrough, surround a word with an underscore like _this_. And for italics, put the word in between a tilde. For example, to italicize the word phone, it would look like this: ~phone~. The update will also allow you to respond to a message from your notification panel using Quick Replies.

Other new capabilities include an improved method that enables you to quickly start, mute and delete multiple chats. Each chat can now be easily identified by the solid color that you assign to it, and a new Quick Camera button pops up in chats, allowing you to  choose a picture or video from your camera roll.

The update should be available from the Google Play Store by now. You can check it out by opening the Play Store app, tapping on the hamburger menu on the left, and clicking on My apps. Scroll down to WhatsApp to see if the latest version has been bestowed upon you. And if you don't yet have the app on your phone, you can download and install it now, assuming that your device is running on Android 2.1 or higher.

source: WhatsApp (Android|iOS|Windows) via  SlashGear

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20 Comments

1. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Apple had this ages ago in Whatsapp. Android always trying to catch up wow. But what else do I expect? Apple is king and will always be king.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

blame whatsapp for that

14. sidhu129

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

Same fact, applies to the windows phone too

6. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

I don't know why you think whatsapp's update policy makes apple king. It's their decision and has nothing to do with the platforms. Regarding the king part. In light of recent events, You might wanna say 'a king(if that is what you think apple is) about to be dethroned'.

8. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

WhatsApp has been steadily adding more and more features over the past year and that is not slowing down. According to another latest news WhatsApp Is Working On Voicemail too http://goo.gl/ESISn8 whatsapp dont stop here Zip and Vcf Sharing, Group invites with links and NFC tags, Video calling are also expected in near feature.

10. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Silly respond I ever seen.

12. gara56

Posts: 4; Member since: May 16, 2015

What a silly comment. Since when does an OS developer have anything to do with the development of a third party app unless it duplicates something that the OS already has--like what Apple does to its competitors.

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What a deluded little idiot.

15. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Zzzzz Android's WhatsApp did had WhatsApp call, WhatsApp Web support or the middle finger emoji first? So was Android king? How did the decisions of WhatsApp has anything to relate to Apple or Google?

16. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

A lot of things had this ages ago, problem is formatting is where you begin to get potential issues with security, granted simple formatting like this no, but really, why is this needed in messaging?

20. Marienx

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I really don't get what apple users/enthusiast do in phone news site such as P.A... There are barely any news about apple, and the ones regarding apple sometimes are about things that don't matter to the user. In the other hand, there are tons of news for android users. p.d. I don't hate apple, I do love android.

2. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

These have been on the beta version for several days, good to have them on the stable release

19. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

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3. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

thanks for the info

4. r.458

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

PHONEARENA - Correct this to _this_ = Italics ~way~ = Strikethrough Silly mistakes show editorial standards. Only a spellcheck doesn't help in 2016.

9. jeevanand88 unregistered

Nobody can b perfect.. lets appreciate them for bringin the news to our knowledge as soon as they could :) anyways we got d news isn't... ;)

17. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

By soon you mean 2 months late xD

7. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

All these features are available for whats app beta version over a months ago.

11. Chrysos

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2016

Have checked play store, there is no update yet

18. joeltamaster

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

This thing where already here or is it so because i have the beta version

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