WhatsApp Latest Update for Android and iOS

WhatsApp has given users reasons to choose it repeatedly. WhatsApp allows users to send text and voice messages across the different smartphones. Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows, Symbian, and Nokia phones can receive and send messages through WhatsApp at no extra cost.

WhatsApp allows users to send text messages, documents, voice messages, and videos with their phone Internet connection which could be 2G/3G/4G/EDGE or WiFi. WhatsApp also allows users to make calls, both local and international calls. WhatsApp users can also send messages on the computers over the web, and with groups that contain at least 256 members, group messages can also be sent.

Another reason why WhatsApp is a top choice for users is that there is no need for usernames or pins and one’s phonebook contacts are imported seamlessly into WhatsApp. WhatsApp users are also always connected and receive messages real-time. WhatsApp users can also personalize wallpapers, notifications, broadcast messages and have the most personal messaging experience.

With the latest WhatsApp version, personalization is taken a bit up the notch. WhatsApp 2.17.350 version is the latest WhatsApp update. With older WhatsApp updates, users could add picture updates which stay for 24 hours. Now with the WhatsApp 2.17.350 version, users can also add text-only updates for the 24-hour duration. To add text-only updates, users tap on the pencil icon in the Status tab, input the text, and choose a background font or color. Also for users of Android 8+, with this update, video calls can be made in picture-in-picture mode.

This latest version of WhatsApp is available for all the devices that WhatsApp support and is available for users across the globe to download in either the APK file or from Google Play Store.

Is In-App YouTube Support Coming to WhatsApp?

The chat you’re having on WhatsApp is going great. You are both on a roll talking about favorite music, films, and television series. Suddenly, the person on the other line asks you if you’ve ever seen a particular TV series. It turns out you haven’t. Being the generous being that they are, they send over a YouTube link featuring the trailer for that said series.

Of course, you’re going to open it because the person on the other end asked if you liked the look of it. In other words, they are asking if it is something you like the look of. Now, the current state of WhatsApp dictates that you can’t open this video and have a chat at the same time. So what you do is tell the person you’re chatting with to wait for whatever the duration of the trailer is for your reaction.

Wouldn’t it just be great if you can just play that video without leaving WhatsApp?

Well, according to WABetaInfo, this feature is coming to WhatsApp users – just those who have iOS devices though, for now.

With this update, YouTube videos are put on top of your current conversation. Basically, the picture-in-picture concept is put into use here. Although the video will appear small, it can be expanded by pinching. You can even drag around the video on the screen so you can get better views of your messages. In case the size is still too small for you, there’s an option to view it in full mode as well.

Is this an update for all devices that support WhatsApp?

As mentioned earlier, this update is for users of iOS devices, but very specific iOS devices. WABetaInfo states that this feature will be rolled out to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S+, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. It’s not hard to see why those devices have been chosen: they have quite big screens, something that benefits these kinds of updates.

WABetaInfo further states that the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S might get support but nothing is really clear on that. In fact, there isn’t clear evidence on whether or not the first couple of devices mentioned would be supported at all. The feature is still under development and many changes can happen by the time it is fully rolled out.

Why is there no mention of Android?

As two of the biggest mobile platforms on the planet, you would have expected Android to at least be included in the rumors. However, even WABetaInfo states that there is no news about bringing this feature to Android or even to Windows Phone.

Then again, Android runs in a majority of smartphones around the world. WhatsApp is one of the biggest communication tools ever built. There are equally large Android devices. So it wouldn’t make sense for it not to be included. We just have to wait and see.

WhatsApp works to satisfy the demands of their users, and adding in-app YouTube support is one step. While it’s a useful and important messaging app, it can do much more than that.