WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging firm, after testing some of its features for a brief time, has started rolling it out on iOS devices. The Facebook-owned company has rolled out two major features, which are voice record lock and YouTube Picture-in-Picture or PiP mode.
The iOS app update v2.17.81 has made it easier for users to record and send voice messages. Until now they had to press and hold the record button to send a message. Now, when they press the voice recording button, they will see a lock button as well. Sliding it towards the padlock button will let them remove their fingers from the screen while continuing recording voice messages.
However, while recording voice messages using the lock feature, users won’t be able to view other media in the chat thread, until unless using a 3D touch action.
In addition to this, users can easily watch YouTube videos in the app using the picture-in-picture mode. This means that users can watch the videos while chatting in the background.
“When you receive a link to a YouTube video, you can now play it right within WhatsApp. With picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video while you navigate to another chat,” states the App Store description.
Recently it was reported that WhatsApp is making an app for iPad users. This was found by WABetaInfo, a website that keeps a track of hidden and upcoming WhatsApp features. It is yet to be known if the company is planning to bring a standalone app for iPad or a web-based client.
This month we also saw the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature coming out of beta and rolling out to everyone. The WhatsApp ‘Delete for everyone’ feature works on images, gifs, videos, contacts and others.
If a text is sent by mistake or accidentally you can delete that message by simply long-pressing on it and choosing the ‘Delete for everyone’ option.