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WhatsApp for Android beta version brings major updates

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San Francisco, Oct 15: The newest Beta version of WhatsApp for Android has several updates, including a smaller app size and a feature that would notify the contacts when you change your number, a media report said.

According to technology website Teknepolis, the latest package 2.17.375 takes up less space when downloading and installing. The decrease — approximately 6MB — in the size is due to the elimination of 20 libraries that were added in versions above.

The other major update is that when you change your phone number in WhatsApp, your contacts would receive notification of the update.

The feature would work every time you change your phone number.

Users can even customise which contacts — all or with which they have chats — would see that they have changed numbers.

In addition to these two major updates, the company has also modified 473 files correcting several minor errors. (IANS)

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New WhatsApp Update Enables Media Preview in iOS

In its previous update, WhatsApp launched new features including the "forwarded" tag that goes along with messages that are being forwarded

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Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp on Tuesday released a new update for devices with iOS 10 and above with “notification extension” that would allow users to see and download received media files from on-screen notifications itself.

Received by some iOS users, the new extension is part of WhatsApp’s version 2.18.80 and would support download of images and Graphics Interchange Formats (GIFs) from the notifications in the user’s auto-download option is deactivated, confirmed WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features before release.

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Along with the option to download, the update would also enable users to preview the received media content on swiping down the notifications panel.

The new “notification extension” will be made available for users after Whatsapp adds improvements in the next updates, the report added.

Also Read: WhatsApp Makes Changes in India After Deadly Attacks

There is no word yet when will this extension reach the Android users.

In its previous update, WhatsApp launched new features including the “forwarded” tag that goes along with messages that are being forwarded. (IANS)

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