New Delhi, UPDATED: March 27, 2023 10:11 AM IST
From Divya Bhati: WhatsApp recently released a number of new features for its Android, iOS and Windows users. From a feature for groups to a new app for Windows, Meta’s own instant messaging app has rolled out a new update to improve the user experience and make messaging across the platform a pleasure. Now WhatsApp continues the updates and is reportedly working on a new video messaging feature for iPhone users that will allow users to send short video messages to others.
According to WAbetainfo, WhatsApp is developing a new “video messaging” feature that will allow users to send voice notes, just like users can send voice notes by clicking the microphone icon in the chat box.
WhatsApp is developing a new video messaging feature
Similar to the video note feature in Telegram, WhatsApp’s new video messaging feature allows users to send short videos of up to 60 seconds to their contacts by pressing the camera button. The report suggests that the feature is currently in development for the WhatsApp for iOS app and will be released in future updates from WhatsApp for testing and to everyone.
The video messages on WhatsApp work similar to voice notes. However, it will have some additional benefits to enhance the messaging experience on the platform. Video messaging on WhatsApp allows users to convey emotions and expressions better than a voice message or text alone. The video messages offer a more comprehensive and effective way of communication.
Just like audio and text messages, WhatsApp keeps video messages end-to-end encrypted: this means the messages are secured between the sender and recipient. No third person, not even WhatsApp, Meta and other proxy providers can see the shared video messages. In addition, WhatsApp also does not allow users to save these video messages or forward them to other conversations for increased privacy. However, the platform can allow users to take screenshots of the video notes.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously announced new features for WhatsApp. The WhatsApp app for Windows desktops has had a makeover with the ability to start video and audio calls. The new app is designed to be faster and feel like its mobile counterpart. It allows users to host group video calls of up to 8 people and audio calls of up to 32 participants. In addition, WhatsApp has also released new group controls that allow admins to control who can join a group through group links.
Meanwhile, to jump into the AI race, Mark Zuckerberg also hinted at releasing an AI-powered chatbot for WhatsApp, similar to OpenAI’s CHATgpt. The company has started testing its text-based AI tools on WhatsApp and Messenger and is expected to release the AI-powered chatbot in future updates.