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Leak reveals the next big new features coming to WhatsApp

June 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 PM
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One of the most popular cross-platform messaging app around, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is about to get a whole lot better. A new report says that a beta version of the app comes with a bunch of new features that users might appreciate.

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According to Macerkopf, WhatsApp is working on a slew of interesting features, including support for larger emoji, music sharing, public groups and mentions.

Users will be able to share music stored locally as well as Apple Music tracks with friends and family. However, for Apple Music sharing to work, both the sender and the recipient have to be paying subscribers. It’s not clear at this time whether the feature will support other streaming services. When sharing a track, a small music player will appear complete with album visuals for the song that’s being shared.

The WhatsApp app already lets users share pictures and videos, files, contacts and links. Music sharing will be added to that list, as the screenshot above reveals.

Support for large emoji is also something users will love, though there are no visuals for them at this point. 9to5Mac reports that the WhatsApp beta team revealed this week that emoji will match the ones introduced with iOS 10, which are three times bigger than current ones.

When it comes to public groups, anyone with a link to a specific group can post content to it, and admins will be able to shut groups downs when needed.

The mentions feature works pretty much just like it does on Twitter: You can simply tag people in your address book within a chat.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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