The latest version of WhatsApp for iOS is 2.16.9, while the latest beta version for Android is 2.16.264. In the coming weeks, users of this application will receive a new major update for both platforms, and will come with Siri support and the option to customize images with doodles and stickers.
Apple will start rolling out to iPhone, iPad and iPod devices tomorrow and WhatsApp users will take advantage of the new Siri API support that will allow them to send messages and make calls to contacts from their list. Apple has revealed at WWDC that iOS 10 will enable Siri to perform system tasks (set alarms, find contacts, check the weather or get directions via Maps) and third party developers will be able to build new support for Siri into their applications, and on the list we find WhatsApp. Users of this application will interact with notifications and reply to messages from the lock screen. It is thought that Voice Calling will also make its appearance soon, first in the contacts list on iPhones, then the feature will be introduced in Android.
Speaking of Android, the latest beta test version of WhatsApp brought a new feature that allows users to draw and doodle on images before sending them to their contacts. To make images even more interesting, users can add one of the stickers from the selection. Also, another new useful feature is Selfie Flash and will be used by owners of smartphones with front facing cameras that lack a LED flash. This mode will light up the display and will illuminate user’s face as much as possible. Usually, WhatsApp users take selfies with the rear camera, but most of the times, the fist attempt is a failure, so they have to take multiple pictures and choose the best image. By using the front camera, they know how the final picture will look like, and they won’t consume the battery with too many captures.