WHATSAPP has a few surprises in store for its 1.5 billion users in 2019 with a raft of new features. Rumored for release throughout the year, the updates include ramped up security and a new tool that helps you read messages at night. Here are three new features we can expect to see this year.
The world’s most popular messaging service is long overdue a dark mode, which switches the way the app looks to make it less taxing on your eyes. While we normally look at dark text on white backgrounds, a dark mode would switch this so your screen shows white text on a dark background. This is better for your eyesight, particularly at night when looking for too long at a bright screen can gradually damage your vision. Several apps already offer a dark mode, including Google Maps, Twitter and iBooks, and WhatsApp has been developing its own version for months.
In September, tech site WABetaInfo found that WhatsApp has hidden secret details about a Dark Mode inside its code. It’s unclear when it will be released to the wider user base, but our money is on a 2019 launch.
Better voice messaging
If you’re feeling a little lazy, WhatsApp lets you send audio clips to your mates instead of typing. And if you’ve ever been sent more than one clip in a row, you’ll know how annoying it is having to hit the play button on each one to hear it. WhatsApp is reportedly bringing in a feature that would automatically play these messages one after the other, to make listening easier. WABetaInfo spotted the code for that feature within an app beta in November, and it’s expected to launch for iOS and Android later this year.
Fingerprint scan security
WhatsApp already boasts top of the range security, with end-to-end encryption meaning only the chatting users can access their messages. But it may get even better this year, as rumors suggest WhatsApp is adding fingerprint scan security.
If activated, the app will ask you for your fingerprint every time you open it ensuring snoopers can’t access your messages.