The cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was updated on Monday afternoon with several new features, marking the first time a new version of the app has been released since last March. Read ahead for a closer look at what’s new in the latest WhatsApp version, alongside a detailed changelog of the update.
First and foremost, WhatsApp has gained the ability to archive chats and groups, add captions to photos and videos and trim videos before they are shared. The app has also gained a fast camera access button for capturing and sending photos, while iPhone 5s users can exclusively share slow-motion videos.
WhatsApp now has added support for satellite and hybrid map views when sharing a location, in addition to functionality that allows you to drag and drop a pin to share a precise location. The app also has new media auto-download preferences under Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download.
New wallpapers are located under Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Wallpapers > Wallpaper Library and new notification tones have been added under Settings > Notifications.
Last, you can now attach screenshots when reporting problems with WhatsApp.
The full changelog for WhatsApp 2.11.9:
– Added ability to archive chats and groups– Add captions to photos and videos– Added fast camera access button for capturing and sending photos– You can now share slow-motion videos (iPhone 5s only)– You can now trim videos before sharing them– Share Location: add support for satellite and hybrid map views when sharing a location– Share Location: drop and drag pin lets you share a precise location– New media auto-download preferences: Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download– New Wallpapers: Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Wallpapers > Wallpaper Library– New Notification tones: Settings > Notifications– You can now attach screenshots when reporting problems
WhatsApp Messenger is free on the App Store for iPhone.
As reader Henrik points out, Whatsapp seems to be working with iOS 8 beta after the update.