WhatsApp May Soon ‘Read’ Messages For You; Company Testing ‘Speak’ Feature & Integrating Stickers!


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WhatsApp has taken an important place in our lives and for users on the internet, it is clearly the most used service right now. However, the fact that it is not keeping up to date with times is not a good sign and the company has been working towards releasing some fresh new features.

One of the features that company is testing right now is video calls, however we have not heard much about it since the last leak. Another leak is doing the rounds now, that WhatsApp is going to build in a feature to read out your messages for you.

This feature will be like having an assistant like Siri read out messages for you. Currently being tested on iOS devices, the feature called ‘Speak’ will allow your phone to access the content on WhatsApp and read out your chats for you.

The leaks show that there will be two options for the same – on selection of the message, you can either reply on the specific message or allow your phone to read it out with a ‘Speak’ virtual button. Of course, delete, forward and copy options will still be there.

The Android version too, is getting some fancy new features like photo filters, stickers and the ability to write on photos like Snapchat very soon. Facebook has been trying to copy Snapchat for quite some time now, with its Messenger and Instagram, and now WhatsApp, getting similar features.

The new feature in Android will allow you to take a photo, add stickers to it from the collection and scribble or doodle on it like you would do on Snapchat. WhatsApp will also support selfie flash now, however only for those phones that have a flash on the selfie camera.

These features are good to hear about, but no one knows whether they will see the light of the day or not. It is also very surprising to see how Android and iOS WhatsApp apps are different, and don’t care the same features. In some respects the iOS app is superior and this is unfair to Android users.

WhatsApp has triggered something that might not please its users – the company will share user information with Facebook to allow individual-specific advertisements and marketing. Keeping aside this fact, WhatsApp had released a few interesting updates like Voicemail, new font and multiple file sharing options.

Google Duo is here and it can be a potential threat to WhatsApp, however the threat is not very apparent for WhatsApp as it enjoys a huge customer base right now. Hopefully by the end of this year we should see some of these features coming to our smartphones.

Source: ToI

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