WhatsApp has rolled out multiple new interesting features as a part of its WhatsApp Beta update for Android and WhatsApp business beta update for iOS. The latest update explores features including redesigned emojis, night mode, and spyware vulnerability, among others.
New 155 redesigned emojis
Android beta update version 2.19.139 brings along with almost 155 redesigned emojis. The existing emojis have undergone changes that now make them smaller in size, sharper, and more detailed. Although most of the emojis have gone through minor enhancements, there are certain emojis (including mermaid, fairy, et al) that have been completely transformed.
This is not the first time WhatsApp has revamped its emojis. It has continually been making changes. For instance, it changed the overall layout of approximately 357 emojis in the 2.18.384 beta update, and 21 emojis in its 2.19.21 version. The redesigned emojis are currently available only for the WhatsApp Android beta users.
WhatsApp Night Mode
Talking about other features in the latest 2.19.139 update, the Dark Mode has entered back in the game but with a new name called “Night mode”. WhatsApp has made several changes to the status bar and the app bar in the past updates. For this update, WhatsApp has added the compatibility for chats lists, and calls.
However, there are a lot more sections in WhatsApp currently that have not been made compatible with the new night mode.The green action buttons will also change into white in the final release. Night Mode, however, hasn’t been made available for anyone to test out in beta version yet. It will be released by the WhatsApp development team once the feature is completely bug-free.
Spyware Vulnerability Security Fix
Apart from the emojis and Night mode, it was just earlier this week, when WhatsApp got hit with a vulnerability that allowed hackers to install spyware within a user’s phone with just a phone call.
Although the issue was quickly fixed by the WhatsApp team, they have also released a new security fix for the CVE-2019-3568 vulnerability as a part of its WhatsApp 2.19.39 Android update. The CVE-2019-3568 vulnerability made use of a spyware software called “Pegasus” that allowed hackers to control the victim’s phone. For instance, hackers could handle controls such as turning on a phone’s camera, microphone along with collecting personal user data.
It appears that ensuring user security has been on the priority list for the WhatsApp team. For instance, another feature rolled out for both the Android and the iOS WhatsApp update includes a new profile picture protection which would prevent other users from downloading your profile picture and vice versa. Similarly, WhatsApp has been testing another authentication feature that would prevent users from clicking screenshots of private chats. The feature is currently under development.
Other features such as notification sticker preview have been added to WhatsApp business beta update for iOS. WhatsApp is now focusing towards pushing out features including animated stickers, stickers notification preview, WhatsApp product catalogues, and in-app browser among others in the upcoming months.