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[Update: Live in beta for everyone] WhatsApp is testing colorful text status updates similar to Facebook's

You know how all of a sudden your Facebook feed started filling up with status updates that had colorful backgrounds? That might soon start happening on WhatsApp. The feature, which started rolling out to Facebook's Android users late last year then spread to other platforms a couple of months ago, is now being tested in WhatsApp's new status screen. Perhaps WhatsApp hopes it will convince people to start using those new statuses more - 99% of my friends don't bother with them and I've heard the same from lots of people.

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WhatsApp beta briefly tested then removed photo filters

Facebook's strategy lately seems to be to offer the same features (and copy Snapchat) on all its services and let users just choose where they want to use this or that option. Instagram got Stories, WhatsApp got ephemeral statuses, Facebook Messenger got that weird Day thing... none of it makes sense to me because I like to use each app for a specific purpose and not confuse myself with overlapping options, but what do I know?! In that vein, the latest addition to WhatsApp seems to be image filters.

The feature showed up on beta version 2.17.297 but was quickly removed with a follow-up version 2.17.298.

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[Update: Better now] WhatsApp beta adds launcher app shortcuts, though they're pretty useless

It took nearly a year, but WhatsApp has just added launcher app shortcuts on Android Nougat (or Marshmallow if you use a compatible launcher like Nova and Action). Thing is, the functions that WhatsApp decided to elevate to shortcut status are... kind of useless.

You get a shortcut to launch the Camera, because WhatsApp is all about the new Status feature even though out of my 500+ contacts, I only see 12 new status shares every day.

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WhatsApp has 1 Billion daily active users who send over 55B messages every day

WhatsApp keeps on growing and growing. In my neck of the woods, it's the way everyone communicates these days. Messages are sent through it, groups are made for friends to share memes and funny photos, families use it to stay in touch and share photos, customers communicate with businesses through it — heck, even my patients ask me medical questions over it! Voice messages are used like asynchronous phone calls or when your message is better conveyed with voice instead of text, and WhatsApp voice and video calls are quickly overtaking phone calls. The service is immediate without being intrusive, and it's so ubiquitous that you don't even think of email, SMS, or other ways of communicating unless you realize the person you're trying to reach isn't on WhatsApp.

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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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[Update: In Stable Version] WhatsApp lets you send any file type, bundles shared media, and modifies the call screen

It's quite fitting that the first article I write when I get back from my honeymoon (wipe your tears, ladies and gentlemen, this one's taken) is about WhatsApp. For the past years, I've reported about the app's different interface and functionality changes here on Android Police and while I was sipping cava by the sea or emphatically nodding "Si, si," to everyone in Spain while putting my new husband's feet to the test (not like that, you dirty-minded people, we were walking a lot everywhere), WhatsApp rolled out a couple of new things to its app...

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PSA: WhatsApp has made it easier to find emojis and apply text fonts

We're used to covering the big and the small WhatsApp features here, but there are two changes that we haven't mentioned yet that we keep getting tips about so we thought we'd let you know about them, in case you hadn't noticed them before. One is relatively old, the other is fairly new but has been on WhatsApp Web for a while, but both are equally handy improvements. Without further ado, let's check them out.

First are the text selection toolbar actions for changing the font. If you might recall, last year WhatsApp introduced bold, italic, and strikethrough fonts then it added a fixedsys monospace font as well.

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WhatsApp will continue to support Android 2.3 until 2020

As a side effect of the version fragmentation that Android suffers from, even the latest apps tend to support Android versions a few years old. For example, most of Google's apps nowadays have a minimum requirement of Android 4.1 or 4.2. If you're still stuck on 2.3 Gingerbread, at least you'll get to keep using WhatsApp.

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[Update: It's back] WhatsApp is down for everyone right now

Having trouble sending WhatsApp messages? Don't worry, you're not alone. The entire service seems to be down for everyone at the moment. The outage has lasted over an hour at this point, with the web interface showing a "Trying to reach phone" screen:

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WhatsApp lets you pin 3 chats to the top

Those of us who use WhatsApp a lot know that the conversation list can get pretty crowded very fast with groups, plenty of family and friends, and random individual chats. That leads the important chats, the ones you come back to many times during the day, to always change their order in the list and jump up and down depending on when the most recent message was sent. So you're left skimming the list with your eyes, and sometimes scrolling down, to find that conversation you need. (Or you add a chat shortcut to your homescreen.)

WhatsApp beta 2.17.162 (and now 163) solves that by adding one very handy little feature: pinned chats.

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