One of the most popular and widely used messenger, Whatsapp just introduced some special features to their messenger app. Whatsapp have over the years been adding cool features to their app to stay relevant in the field. These features can be found in version 2.12.535 of the app and they appear to be new.
Text formatting: Just like in Google+, if you surround something with asterisks, it becomes bold and using underscores, produces italics. Sadly, that’s about it and even dashes
don’t produce the expected strike through effect. However, it is worth noting that both formatting options also work in notifications. And while we are on the topic, the sender name now appears in bold within notifications for improved legibility.
Document sending: the document sending feature introduced to WhatsApp recently now has a extra menu option titled “Browse other docs”. Clicking it allows you to fetch documents from your Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive accounts. Currently, it seems to work with PDF’s, as well as basic Docs, Sheets and Presentations, which also get converted to PDF before being sent, most likely to avoid compatibility issues at the receiving end.
Backups to Google Drive: The final new feature has to do with the Chat backup to Google Drive feature. Sadly, the syncing process is still done on the main thread and blocks you from using the app like in previous versions. However, now the pop-up offers a progress bar, so you can at least have some idea on how much time the process will take.
What do you think of the new whatsapp features?