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WhatsApp to introduce several aesthetic changes for its users


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The Facebook-owned app, WhatsApp introduced several aesthetic changes for its users. The aim of these changes was to improve the user experience in visual terms by bring a fresh and seamless look to the messaging application.

WhatsApp has announced that it will revoke the changes it recently introduced to certain UI elements in chat notifications on Andriod. In an earlier update, WhatsApp had changed the tint of app’s name, as well as ‘Reply’ and ‘Mark as read’ to blue in the dark theme. But it has now restored the colour of these elements back to the original green, reported WABetaInfo, which keeps an eye on latest WhatsApp updates across platforms.

According to the report, it appears that the reason WhatsApp has gone back to the old notification colour is that some users had complained that the new blue-ish colour was difficult to read on the app. It is also likely that reading the blue text on the dark theme could have been even more difficult on devices that had a grey coloured dark theme, which would lead to even less contrast compared to an AMOLED black theme.

WABetaInfo had also recently reported that WhatsApp has made another small but notable tweak to its Android app, to get rid of the multiple lines in between chats in the list on Android devices. This means that the iOS users will still be able to see a line (as a divider) in between the chats, there will be no such divider between the messages on Android devices – unless WhatsApp decides to revert this change as well, in a future update!

WhatsApp has started to roll out a new update for iPhone and Android owners, including one that’s almost guaranteed to save you time. If your friends and family favour a voice note over a good old fashioned text message, you’ll be pleased to know the next update includes the ability to change the playback speed. So, if you’re limited for time – but need to catch-up with a message – you’ll be able to speed through at 1.5x or 2x the normal speed of the recording.

Tapping the play button on the voice note bubble will load a small symbol on the right-hand side, letting you know what speed you’re playing. Tapping that symbol will take you through the available options. Following another recent update, WhatsApp will now play voice notes sent one after one automatically if they appear as such in your chat window.

The other new addition is an “@” symbol that appears in the list of all ongoing chats in your app whenever someone has mentioned you by name (using the @ symbol in their message) or replied to one of your texts. If you’ve got a number of active group chats crowded your WhatsApp profile, this is a handy way of highlighting the most pressing texts. Once you’ve replied to the messages directly in relation to your previous texts or mentioning you by name, you’ll be free to browse through the other chats to keep posted about what everyone is chatting about.

As already said, there is no way to sign up for the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS at the moment, but users can go to the Google Play Store on Android and perform the following steps to get the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android:

Step 1: Open the Google Play Store and search for WhatsApp app.

Step 2: Tap entry for WhatsApp and scroll down until you see the option to sign up for the beta version of the app.

Step 3: Now click the “I’m in” button and confirm. Check the Google Play Store for updates after a few minutes.

Step 4: If you do not see the option to sign up for the beta version of the app, or you find that all the slots are full, you can visit this link from your browser and sign up for the beta version of the app.

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