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Whatsapp New Features in 2020 : Whatsapp Pay , Dark Mode , Self-destructing messages & More

Dark Mode 

The tool expected to launch in the coming months inverts the colours of your screen to create a darker theme for messaging in the dark.

Developers hope the change, which you'll have the option to switch on or off, will reduce the strain on your eyes after lots of screen time

This is one of the most anticipated WhatsApp features and while the WhatsApp Dark Mode has been spotted in beta versions, it is expected to launch with a stable update soon.

The WhatsApp focused blog WABetaInfo recently noticed that the Dark Mode feature appeared on the beta version of the app on Android phones.

The dark mode feature essentially changes the app background to black colour from white for less strain on eyes and to save battery life.

It saves the battery of your device, especially the ones having AMOLED displays.

Whatsapp Payments

WhatsApp last year started a pilot to allow its users to make UPI-based peer-to-peer payments. The official roll-out of WhatsApp Pay was halted after hitting local regulatory roadblocks. WhatsApp, however, time and again said it’s working with the local authorities to roll out the feature in India.

Interestingly enough, the feature was earlier expected to launch in India in late 2019. Evidently, it has happened yet.

“To boost digital inclusion in India, we can launch the (Pay) service across the country later this year after meeting regulations,” WhatsApp Global Head Will Cathcart said during his India visit in July this year.

Self-destructing messages

WhatsApp has also built a feature that seedy cheating lovers are sure to enjoy – self-destructing messages.

The app is testing a new type of message that automatically deletes itself to stop prying eyes from snooping on your chats.

First cooked up by Snapchat and later "nicked" by Instagram, the auto-deleting post allows users to set a time limit for how long their messages show.

The self-destructing messaging is aimed at helping users automatically “clean up” older chats, ultimately help make room for more storage on their devices. The feature is likely to come in handy for group chat users.

 You will be able to set the self-destructing time to an hour, a day, a week, a month, all the way up to a year.

WhatsApp catfish-exposing 'reverse image search'

Catfishing could become a thing of the past as WhatsApp is reportedly creating a reverse image searching ability for the app.

The new 'Search by Image' feature is not available yet as it is still being tested but people who sign up to be a WhatsApp beta tester may eventually get access to it.

The feature will allow users to click on images they are sent over WhatsApp and search them in Google to verify their source.

This could help to reduce the spread of fake news as well as making it harder for people to catfish others by using images that are not of them.

WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.73 is said to be the version of the messaging tool being tested for its ability to carry out reverse Google image searches directly from the app.

The app uses Google Custom Search to give it search engine capabilities.

Deeper Messenger, Instagram integration

WhatsApp and Instagram earlier this year started showing “…by Facebook” branding. The move was largely seen as Facebook’s efforts to interlink top products it acquired over the years with its own products. “There is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work,” said a Facebook spokesperson earlier this year. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, however, has assured his social networking platforms will focus on the privacy of users.

WhatsApp may have opened to Businesses but the app has remained an ad-free platform unlike Instagram and Facebook. This might change in 2020 as Facebook may bring advertisements to the Status section. The company has already confirmed the imminent integration of advertisements in WhatsApp.

“…So WhatsApp, we don’t have ads in Stories. It’s not available. Ads are something that’s more of a future thing for WhatsApp. We remain very focused on the consumer experience there. We do have the WhatsApp Business app, which is helping businesses connect with consumers, and that’s growing well but that monetisation opportunity is not available,” said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg earlier this year.

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