Whatsapp gets three new features for iOS, just one for Android
Whatsapp is about to launch three new features on their mobile application which are namely, Call Back, Send Voice Mail and Send Zip File.
All three features will only be compatible with the iOS system and Android users will only be able to get an access to the 'Call Back' feature, which would allow users to make calls without opening the Whatsapp application on their phones.
However, the new features do not appear to be very user-friendly, as reports suggest these features would consume a lot of mobile data, which makes it costlier. Also, making voice calls will require a good Wifi network, as depending on a mobile data connection might create connectivity glitches.
The voice call feature was launched in 2015 as well but was later withdrawn in a couple of months due to technical issues. Hence, the bigger challenge for Facebook seems to be to equip its new venture with competent technical backup.
Moreover, the new additions to the application do not seem to be something entirely new.
"Record Voice Mail" and "Send Voice Mail" are expected to allow the user to send voice mails during a call. With an already existing 'Voice Note' feature, the two new features do not seem to make much difference, adding to the fact that they would need good internet connectivity for better functionality.
There wasn't much information disclosed about the third feature - 'Send Zip File', though sending a Zip File via Whatsapp is also expected to consume a high amount of data.
Overall, the new features don’t have much for the economy class. An official confirmation of the specifications of new features from Whatsapp is still awaited.