WhatsApp brings new web features: Animated stickers, QR codes, dark mode and more

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WhatsApp has rolled out some more features that are popular on other similar platforms. The new features include animated stickers, QR codes, dark mode for WhatsApp web, status updates to KaiOS, and group video call improvements.

WhatsApp has seen a humungous upsurge in its use since people got locked into their homes due to coronavirus pandemic. WhatsApp announced these new features in an official blog published on July 1.

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WhatsApp New Features

Stickers have been immensely popular on Telegram, WeChat, iMessage, and other platforms while WhatsApp offered a basic package of stickers. With the new feature, users will be able to send animated stickers from the collection to make the chats interesting.

WhatsApp now adds QR codes to each profile. Each account will have a unique QR code that will help to add the new contacts just by scanning their QR codes. This brings an end to manually saving new numbers to the contact list. 

WhatsApp already has introduced dark mode for the mobile apps earlier but the web version was still behind. After the implementation of new features, the WhatsApp web and desktop version will get the dark mode theme matching the app. Also, KaiOS users were earlier denied 24 hours status service but WhatsApp has covered the feature too.

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To improve group video calls, WhatsApp enables the option to maximize the video of a particular participant by pressing and holding on individual video. The messenger now shows a new video icon in group chats of 8 or less to start a group video call with 1-tap. 

Out of the aforementioned new features, animated stickers and QR codes will be available in the coming weeks while the rest are already available.

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Sachin covers technology news at Smartprix and he also has a keen interest in automobile and electric vehicles. He keenly gains knowledge from various sources to be updated with the latest tech trends. He is also a passionate Potterhead who dabbles in literature, and poetry, and loves to travel.

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