WhatsApp is now getting ready to add some new features for web, desktop which includes the option for private replies in groups and a picture-in-picture mode as well. Along with this they are also trying to add a tap to unblock option too. WABetaInfo states that long pressing an on reply option in group chat opens up another options, where ‘Reply privately’ is also listed. This could help cut down the clutter in group conversations and will be a lot more convenient for users. Private reply simply means that one doesn’t have to leave the group each time they wish to have a private conversation with someone on the group.The PIP mode ensures that the selected video or a video chat appears as a new window, which looks like a newer interface from WhatsApp. WhatsApp is also looking to add a feature where user can just tap on someone’s name to unblock a person. There is also an ‘Invite via link’ feature in group info section to add more users. But, this is an option visible only to group admins.
It seems, IOS users might have the option of group calls soon. WhatsApp also plans to add a new section for Admin settings, which will have two; sending messages and edit group info. The main point here is we will have to wait and see how soon these updates and features are rolled out for users, across Android and IOS. This app is already testing services and businesses on the app. Already players like BookMyShow, MakeMyTrip are sending updates, alerts to their customers on whatsapp now, rather than relying on traditional SMS. It is also working on payments in India and plans to add the UPI to the app soon.