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WhatsApp Revamps Design and Introduces New Features: From Fresh Look, Block Screenshot and More

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp has been busy rolling out a wave of updates in recent weeks, focusing on design improvements, security enhancements, and exciting new features.

Here’s a breakdown of the key changes you might have missed:

Freshened-Up Interface:

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  • A brand new green interface with revamped illustrations and icons is now available for most users, offering a more modern and visually appealing look.
  • For Android users, a darker dark mode with increased contrast and deeper tones has been introduced to reduce eye strain and enhance readability in low-light environments.

Enhanced Usability:

  • A new, modern bottom navigation bar on Android makes it easier to find what you need quickly, placing tabs closer to your thumbs for a more intuitive experience.

On iOS, sending photos and videos has been streamlined with a new expandable attachment layout, providing clearer access to media, documents, and more features.

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  • Both Android and iOS apps now offer chat filters, allowing you to focus on and locate important conversations with ease.

Security and Privacy Boost:

  • A highly anticipated feature – the ability to prevent screenshots of profile photos – is currently under development for iOS users. This aims to give users more control over their privacy and reduce the risk of unauthorized image sharing.

Improved Functionality:

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  • A redesigned drawing editor is being rolled out for both Android and iOS. This update features a relocated color and brush toolbar at the bottom of the screen for easier one-handed editing, especially on larger devices. Additionally, an expanded color palette and improved font size adjustment offer greater creative flexibility.
  • New sticker creation shortcuts are now available on Android, similar to those already implemented on iOS. This streamlines the process and separates AI-powered sticker creation from personalized sticker options for a more user-friendly experience.
  • The ability to create, view, and follow channels from linked devices has been introduced, ensuring a consistent experience no matter which device you’re using.

Security Measures:

  • Passkeys, a new account verification method offering increased security and convenience, are now widely available for iOS users. This allows you to log in using your device passcode or biometric authentication instead of the traditional 6-digit code.

Overall, these updates demonstrate WhatsApp’s commitment to providing a user-friendly, secure, and feature-rich communication platform.

Stay tuned for even more exciting developments in the future!

Users should note that some features may not be available to all users yet and might have a staged rollout. Keep your WhatsApp app updated to ensure you have access to the latest functionalities.

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Diana Mutheu
Diana Mutheu
Diana Mutheu is a Tech enthusiast, happy to delve deeper into the African tech space covering Social Media, AI, Startups, Telcos, Cryptocurrency, Big Data, Women in Tech and all matters Tech. Write to me @[email protected]

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