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WhatsApp beta adds a picture-in-picture mode for video calls on Android O

WhatsApp was updated to version 2.17.265 on the beta channel yesterday and as most times, it didn't seem like the new version brought anything new to the table. But it turns out that this isn't the case this time; you just need to be on the newest and hottest version of Android to notice the change. WhatsApp now support picture-in-picture video calls on Android O.

When you start a video call on Android Nougat and below then tap back, the call goes into the background and the video gets paused while the audio continues and you go back to your text conversation and can do other stuff on your phone.

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WhatsApp lets you pick and send multiple contact details

You ask your friend to send you the contact details of the best photographers she knows for an event you're planning. Or your parents ask you for the number of a couple of good doctors they might call for a consult. These are just two of many circumstances where you might need to share the contact details of several people at the same time.

Previously, WhatsApp only allowed you to attach one contact at a time in a chat, forcing you to repeat your taps several times just to be able to send several persons' phone numbers and/or email addresses to your friends or family.

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WhatsApp's sweet old text-based statuses are back in the latest beta

Last month, WhatsApp turned its app into a Snapchat clone by overhauling the entire concept of statuses. Forget short text and emoji blurbs, now you were supposed to share photos and images with others and follow minute-by-minute to see who snooped on your image and, more importantly, who didn't. Because they want to make a point and prove they don't care enough about you.

While the Status tab is still there and unremovable (ugh), the regular old text-based statuses are back in the latest beta for those of us who aren't hip or interesting or vain enough to share a new image every day. Just like before, you can find your own status and edit it under your profile settings at the bottom in the About and phone number section.

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WhatsApp beta separates voice and video call actions, relocates attachment icon

The latest WhatsApp beta 2.17.93 has made a couple of changes that do seem small on the surface but that should make it easier to initiate calls and share attachments in the app.

The most obvious change is the new attachment button placement in the text box, next to the camera. You won't have to reach out to the top of the screen to send a document, location, contact, or some sort of media anymore. And it makes a lot more sense: now everything you can share in a chat is there in the bottom row: attachments, camera (which gets a new icon), and voice messages.

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[Update: Video drawing too] WhatsApp Beta adds image drawing and stickers, bigger emojis, front-facing flash, one-finger video zoom

WhatsApp's developers suffer from a bit of a delay when it comes to updating their changelogs on the Play Store. Yesterday, they pushed version 2.16.262 (followed by 2.16.263) to the beta channel on the Play Store, but the changelog mentioned features we've seen in v2.16.230 like forwarding to multiple contacts and frequent chats, but didn't say anything about the new feature that was really newly implemented in 2.16.262: image drawing, nor did it say anything about the big emojis we've been seeing since 2.16.256. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's start with the official changelog.

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WhatsApp now lets you share and forward a message to multiple chats (with frequent chats on top)

There are dozens of planned WhatsApp features coming soon (GIF support, video calling, image annotation, and more that some were able to trigger with a bit of root know-how), but I'm not here to taunt you with things that you can't play with yet. So let's talk about a feature that's already live.

In the latest beta of WhatsApp, 2.16.230, there's a new option that will make life for a lot of you easier: multi-select when forwarding or sharing a message. No longer will you have to send a message to one chat, then go back and do it again to send to another, and so on until all your groups and friends and maybe even your mom have seen that awesome screenshot of the Dragonite you just caught.

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WhatsApp Public Group Invite Links Are Live And Working, But You Can't Issue Them Yet

Last month, we shared with you the news that WhatsApp was working on group invite links, as evidenced by many translation strings that were sent to active users who participate in localizing the app for different languages. The feature seemed to allow users (probably moderators) to create a link to join a group and then share it via other apps, print it as a QR code, or write it to an NFC tag. That would thus open up WhatsApp groups to a more public audience, not requiring the moderator to have the invitee's phone number to add them to the group.

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WhatsApp 2.12.506 Revamps And Reorganizes The Settings Screen

WhatsApp has frequently been in the news on Android Police lately because it seems that the team is on a roll of updates, both big and small. After adding document support (PDF only) and introducing a bunch of UI modifications, it's now tackling the Settings screen which has never seen any real drastic changes in recent times. It switched to Material Design when the whole app interface did and it got a few additions here and there as the app has gotten more features, but the Settings have always been divided and organized in the same way for years. And that's no more.

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PSA: WhatsApp Adds Link Copying, Shared Link History Tab, And Granular Control Over Chat Clearing

Between the multiple beta and release versions, WhatsApp goes through so many iterations that we sometimes miss a few features here and there. We often get tips about additions or changes to the app, but in certain instances we can't exactly pinpoint when they were implemented. That is unless we went back and reinstalled every version of the app to find the one that triggered it, which we'll all agree is an unnecessary waste of time.

This post is about these features, these small additions that slipped between the cracks sometime in the past couple of months and that you may or may not have noticed already.

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WhatsApp 2.12.312 Starts Showing Rich Previews For Shared URLs

WhatsApp's developers are a little unpredictable. Sometimes, all it takes them is one swift update to add a ton of features, other times, they dabble painfully slowly with dozens upon dozens of beta releases until they get a small feature ready (Google Drive backup anyone?). But credit goes to them for keeping us on our toes and entertained with their small incremental updates, like this new version for example.

WhatsApp 2.12.312, which you can grab from the site's beta uploads page or from APK Mirror, has added a new rich link preview option. However, the feature is still very half-baked, so don't expect anything like Telegram's previews just yet.

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