WhatsApp for WP8 Gains Lock Screen Notifications
WhatsApp today provided an update to its Windows Phone 8 application, adding some major new features and tweaking usability. Most significantly, the app adds support for lock screen notifications for messages. This will make it easier for WhatsApp users to know when they've got unread messages in their inbox. WhatsApp revamped the Live Tile design, too, so it falls more in line with the WP8 design language. The app also adds a new back-up function, mass messaging capabilities, hit "enter" to send, and a new screen for adding attachments to messages. WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging application that uses cellular network data to send messages.
WhatsApp Adds Fun Camera Tools to Messaging App
Facebook-owned WhatsApp this week rolled out new features to its messaging application. Specifically, users can now write or draw on photos and videos, as well as add emoji to posts to give them character.
WhatsApp to Use Google Drive to Store Messages
Google today said WhatsApp users will soon be able to back up their conversations, photos, voice messages, and videos to Google Drive. The data will be stored securely and can be used to restore chat histories to new devices.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
WhatsApp Says What's Up to Global Video Chats
WhatsApp today announced that it is enabling video calls for all users around the world. Video calling is being added to the Android, iOS, and Windows phone mobile apps over the coming days.