7 new features on WhatsApp Which you need to know

WhatsApp recently joined the 1-billion users club. The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has now become almost the de facto mode of communication in many countries around the globe.
Here we will tell you the 7 most awaited and exciting features that you can now find on your WhatsApp:

Sharing the documents:

A new WhatsApp update has added the document sharing feature on Android smartphones. The document sharing feature, so far, allows users to only share PDF files. This means that there is no support for .doc, .xls and other commonly used file formats as of now; there is also no official word on when the company will start supporting these.
In order to share files, users need to tap the attachment icon on the top right of the screen in a chat window and select the ‘Document’ option. This opens a list of PDF files stored in the system, but the navigation does not let you open specific folders.

The much-talked about middle finger: 

Now you can better express your anger to someone on WhatsApp! Amongst the number of unique emojis the app has introduced, in one of its updates, users can also find the controversial middle finger emoji. Other new emojis include a bucket of popcorn, upside down smiley face, burrito, racing cars, spider and many more. So, go ahead and express yourself in a unique and better way on WhatsApp!

Now you can add up to 256 members in a group:

WhatsApp recently increased the number of users one can have in a group to 256. This number previously was restricted to 100. The update is update is available to both iOS and Android app users.

Shared link, history tab

Every WhatsApp conversation thread has a media screen that aggregates all our content such as videos, links and images, which have been sent and received by a user. A new update gives users a quick glance at all these media and text exchanged. It brings a shared links history tab that contains all the shared links sent and received by the user arranged in a reverse chronological order. The link in the tab shows the media at the top and messages at the bottom.
Tapping the preview in the upper part of the screen quickly opens the link in the browser, while tapping at the bottom leads the user to the message that he/she can share, delete or star directly from here.

Pinch to zoom videos

This one is for iOS users. With the new update iOS users can ‘pinch to zoom’ on videos. This means users can zoom on a video while it is playing in WhatsApp.

Become a WhatsApp ‘tester’

This is the best way to become a WhatsApp pro. WhatsApp recently launched a beta tester programme. Once signed, as a tester, you will receive an update that includes a testing version of the WhatsApp Messenger app. However, as with all beta versions, these features too may be unstable or have a few bugs.
However, so far the programme is only for Android users.

Keep starred messages while clearing chat

This feature gives you more flexibility while deleting your chats. So far, Android users have the option to delete messages older than 30 days or over 6 months. However, often felt if you could save some of these. You have the option now: Users can keep starred messages while clearing chats. This version is so far in beta mode.
Source: TechGig.com