Facebook-owned WhatsApp is a chat app used by more than 1.2 billion monthly active users across the globe, and 200 million of them are in India alone. To keep its users hooked-on and better the app offering, WhatsApp app introduces new features for its users on Android, iPhone, Web, and even Windows Phone regularly. In 2017, WhatsApp made a number of changes and feature additions to its platform, the most notable ones being the introduction of a revamped Status (or, in other words, the aping of Snapchat) feature. There are also other features like all type file support, two-step verification, and much more.
We take a look at all the features rolled out in beta or stable versions across different software platforms in this year. While going down this memory lane, we’ve ranked features in the order that we feel made the most impact (or will make, if in beta) in user experience.
1. New revamped Snapchat-like Status feature
Perhaps, one of the most important updates this year, the new Status feature was rolled out to all users globally in February. The new WhatsApp Status feature replaced the old text form of status to allow users to change their status to a short video or multiple photos that will automatically disappear in 24 hours. Even though this feature was clearly introduced to combat Snapchat competition, it overhauled the way users interacted on the app daily.
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