Earlier today, WhatsApp trended worldwide on Twitter because the instant messaging app suffered a brief global outage.
But this is not the only reason why WhatsApp has been trending recently. The world’s popular instant messaging platform has ended support on some devices. And big changes are coming to the app.
5 big changes
WhatsApp is reportedly working on some significant changes to the app, including two big tweaks to images.
Details of these upcoming updates have circulated online, so there are plenty of things for users to get excited about.
Users may know about these changes since WhatsApp usually tests updates in the app’s beta version first.
WhatsApp blog WABetaInfo has dug into the app to uncover the big upcoming changes. There are five fundamental changes that you should know about.
None of these changes are live on the general release version of the app yet, so it is really a sneak peek at that.
Here are some of the upcoming big changes on WhatsApp:
- The ability to detect text in photos on WhatsApp, so users can copy and paste it (testing in beta)
- The ability to transfer WhatsApp chat history between Android phones without using Google Drive (still under development)
- The ability to forward media with a caption (testing in beta)
- A block shortcut in the WhatsApp chat list (under development)
- A camera mode that makes it easier to record video (under development)
Indeed big changes, right? Unfortunately, right now, it is still impossible to say exactly when these changes are going to roll out.
WhatsApp may take weeks or even months to make them live for the general public to use.
WhatsApp ends support on some devices
Meanwhile, on a sad note, WhatsApp is ending its support on certain older smartphone devices, and this actually already started on December 31st, 2022.
There are a total of 49 models that will no longer support the instant messaging app anymore, including two iPhones, multiple Samsung smartphones, LG, and Huawei models.
So which smartphones will still support WhatsApp? WhatsApp will still support all Android phones running on OS version 4.1 or newer, including iPhones running on iOS12 or above. It will also support smartphones running on KaiOS2.5, including the JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
WhatsApp is a popular instant messaging app for sending messages, photos, videos, and audio files. It has become incredibly popular over the years because of its features, such as group chatting, voice messages, and location sharing. It is commonly utilized by those who wish to message friends who are located in other countries.
It works like other instant message apps you might find on a smartphone, such as the iMessage app for iPhones. However, WhatsApp is different in such a way that it uses the Internet to send these messages and does not cost money.