Breaking News

WhatsApp for Android now lets you share any type of file

WhatsApp has been on a roll this year, adding feature upon feature to the world's most popular messaging app to make it more appealing to the users. The company is continuing the streak, and has added support for all types of file transfers (including archives) as well as shared media bundling in the stable version of the Android app. These features had been under testing in WhatsApp beta for Android for some time now.

It was last month when WhatsApp started testing the ability to send any kind of file on its Web/Mobile-based platform. With the latest WhatsApp update, the instant messaging service brings support for all file types, shared media bundling and much more.

In its latest update, WhatsApp has upgraded a few of its capabilities. For starters, while its initial roll out of document attachments last year was only limited to PDFs, users can now share any file type.

To use the new feature, WhatsApp users on Android can head to Google Play to download the latest version of the app. Apart from support for all file types and media bundling, the latest WhatsApp update also enables text formatting in the chat. When typing text in a chat window, users can now tap and hold to select the text to easily bold, strikethrough, or italicise. This feature was also available earlier to beta users.

WhatsApp media bundling:
Several beta users last month also started receiving new shared media bundling feature. WhatsApp users will now be able to send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them bundled as an album and not as before, one after another. With the new update, once a user opens an album, all images are shown on a single page. The feature also indicates that WhatsApp will give more room for shared photos.

In short, you’ll be able to see all of your pictures and videos in the in-app camera by simply swiping up and if sending lots of photos at once, they’ll now be grouped into a gallery that only displays five images with the last thumbnail displaying how many additional photos have been sent out.

To achieve the target, WhatsApp will also stop compressing photos, rather allowing your original quality to remain intact. And to easily bold, italic or strike-through your text, you’ll just have to tap and hold the text to select it.

This WhatsApp feature was rolled out to iPhone users last month, and refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform.

The new WhatsApp for Android update also brings minor change to the WhatsApp call screen where users will now have to swipe up instead of sideways to pick up a call. The revamped WhatsApp call screen was also spotted last month.

All users on WhatsApp Android and iOS gets the enhanced file sharing feature. Prior to this update, users only allowed to share files such as sv, doc, docx, pdf, ppt, pptx, rtf, txt, xls, xlsx, etc. via its mobile apps and WhatsApp Web. Now, WhatsApp is allowing users to share any type of file like IPA and APK.


No comments