At the end of the year, it is common to make digressions, either from major published news or major personal events. This is a way to assess how the year as a whole was, whether it was profitable or not and what could be changed from the next year on.
Recently, the most popular messaging application in the world, WhatsApp, made a flashback of the major news that was launched throughout the year that surprised the users. Come check out these releases and remember some of the most prominent features of the app throughout 2022.
Whatsapp by numbers
Versions were made on Android and iOS platforms. But before detailing this year’s major innovations, it’s important to highlight some numbers that make WhatsApp such an important tool around the world.
WhatsApp is used in more than 180 countries around the world. According to the messaging app itself, there are more than 2 billion users in these countries. Downloading the tool is free. WhatsApp allows the user to make audio and video calls, exchange text and audio messages, and share photos and other files with anyone else who also has the app installed on their mobile phone.
The main news was released
In 2022, WhatsApp announced the ability to make video calls with up to 32 people at once. These calls, according to Meta, can be made by cell phone. This new capacity is four times the number of people previously allowed to place a call.
Muting participants or sending them messages during a call was another function launched this year that surprised users. To do this, it’s simple: just tap and hold on the person’s name and mute them or communicate privately with them.
Another launch that surprised people with a WhatApp account was the ability to invite people to a group call through a link – another update to calls through the app. In this way, group calls can now be made via WhatsApp, which makes the messaging app compete with other popular platforms in the middle.
What has changed in the design of the application?
Several visual changes have been made to the platform in 2022. One of them has to do with so-called “color waves,” which allow you to identify the caller’s identity even if the camera is off. Another is related to banner notifications, which appear when there is a new participant in the conversation.
There is also a feature called Picture in Picture or PiP, which is still being tested in the beta version of the app for iOS from Apple. The goal is to make life easier for the user, who will be able to perform other activities while on a video call. This novelty should be officially announced next year. This information was released at an application conference.
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