First Stickers appear in WhatsApp Chat!

Recently, WhatsApp has released a new update on the AppStore, bringing the version number up to 2.17.60, and you can read the changelog tapping here, to discover all changes in this update, that’s compatible with iOS 11.
As you can read in the changelog, this update has many improvements and new features, but there is something else about stickers, that are very hidden ..

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WhatsApp is testing more options for image compression

Recently, WhatsApp started to roll out the Multi Media Server service, for Android, iOS and Windows Phone users, ensuring a better sharing service, but WhatsApp is continuing to work on something that will improve the sharing, precisely about images.
In fact, WhatsApp is developing right now a feature that allows the app to automatically scan the image before sending it.
When WhatsApp scans the image, it detects if the image contains some texts: if so, WhatsApp will use a very different type of compression to send it, in order to ensure a good read to the recipient.
Therefore, WhatsApp is going to allow the user to share this type of images applying a very low level of compression, in future.
Actually, WhatsApp is internally testing this feature in WhatsApp for Android 2.17.339 Google Play beta (surely it will be available in future for iOS too), but it’s currently disabled by default: that means you have to wait that WhatsApp will remotely enable it in future in order to use it.
At the moment, for images that contain text, WhatsApp is still applying the same level of compression used for sharing images without texts, internally.
This level will be remotely modified before WhatsApp will remotely enable this feature: when WhatsApp will do, we will let you know the new level of compression.

WhatsApp is rolling out the Multi Media Server service for all iOS users!

WhatsApp was working in these months on a new service to share media, in order to guarantee a better reliability and quality of data: the Multi Media Server protocol.
This protocol, developed by Microsoft, has been adopted by WhatsApp to share media, that are hosted now on Facebook servers.
MMS is used by WhatsApp to transfer all multimedia data in real-time, and it’s the same protocol used for implementing the video streaming feature, recently enabled for all iOS users.

MMS ROLLED OUT TODAY

Since today, WhatsApp is rolling out for all iOS users the MMS protocol for sharing GIFs, Documents and Videos, that will be able to be simultaneously downloaded.
Simultaneous downloads were already supported, but now WhatsApp is managing by their servers how many GIFs/Documents/Videos the user can simultaneously download, and WhatsApp can change this value when necessary.
The user experience won’t change, visually: you will continue to share media as always and, obviously, shared media using this new protocol will continue to be end-to-end encrypted, ensuring a better service thanks to MMS.
WhatsApp is still working to implement the support for sharing Images, Audio files and Voice Messages, that will be remotely available later.
There will also be the possibility for sharing Images without be compressed (and without be shared as file) thanks to the Multi Media Server protocol. WhatsApp is working on it, but there is no idea if they will really enable this: if they will do, you will be surely notify on Twitter, our Telegram channel and visiting this website.
Android and Windows Phone users will have to wait more to see enabled this protocol: when the service will be available also for these users, @WABetaInfo will announce it.

UPDATE: WhatsApp is rolling out today the Multi Media Server service for GIFs and Documents for Android users.
The Multi Media Service is not enabled for Videos (it is for iOS users).
UPDATE (September 01, 2017): WhatsApp is rolling out today the Multi Media Server service for Windows Phone for all media types: Images, Videos, Audio files, Voice Messages, GIFs and Documents.
iOS can use the Multi Media Server protocol for Videos, GIFs and Documents only.
About Android, WhatsApp is testing in this week the Multi Media Server protocol for Voice Messages, but it’s currently disabled.

The contacts list will come back on iOS

In the 2.17.5 update, WhatsApp enabled the Status feature, bringing in the same moment the Status and Camera tabs.

 
 
 
 
 
 

This poll shows how many WhatsApp users want the Contacts tab back.
WhatsApp¬†doesn’t seem to be interested to bring back the Contacts tab, but something will change.


As announced on Twitter, WhatsApp is working on a new Status section in order to add back the Contacts list.
In this new Status section, we can also notice a new icon next to “No recent updates” (that will be shown when there aren’t statuses in last 24 hours), a¬†“New Contact” option, that will allow you to quickly add a new contact in your Address Book and, for each contact, the relative About will be shown.
To save space, WhatsApp also thought to add the “See all” button, that will show you all muted statuses.

It’s not sure if WhatsApp is going to add back the Contacts list in Android and Windows Phone versions, but we will investigate in next updates if they will do it.

This new Status section is hidden and it will be enabled in next WhatsApp updates. Note that this section may get improvements or other changes before the official release.
Follow next posts to keep you updated.