Tuesday, March 29, 2016

[APK] WhatsApp Adds Quick Reply, Multiple Contact Selection, Solid Wallpaper Colors, And More

 
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Recently WhatsApp launched their Beta channel to the public so that they can test out the early features which going to take place in the final update or the stable version of that app. So today folks at Android Police reports, they added more interesting things than many of the previous beta updates. 
In version 2.12.560 of the app, we get a new Reply button in the notification, multiple selection and actions on contacts and groups, and there's a little easter egg from a previous version that we hadn't talked about before. Without further ado, here are all the goodies.

The notification of the app got a change which gives it the ability to quickly reply to a message without opening up the app and the entire conversation. The expanded notification now shows a Reply button that opens up WhatsApp's own overlay. 
Expanded notification on previous versions (left) and now on 2.12.560 (right)
The pops up shows the message's sender, text, and includes a couple of options to answer. There's a text box, a weird vertically aligned emoji panel, a voice message option, and buttons to close it and view it.

Quick reply window and higher aligned emoji panel
In the other updates, when you tapped the profile or group image of any conversation, you got an overlay window with an expanded image and options to view info or open the chat. In order to perform actions on a contact or group chat, you had to long-tap on the name/last message part of the screen to get a list of actions.

Before: overlay window when tapping on the image + options when long-tapping on the chat
Also the large image overlay is gone and instead you'll see a faster way to perform the actions of the long-tap menu in the app's title bar. You only have to tap a profile/group image to trigger this.
For a single contact, you get: Archive, Delete, Mute/Unmute, Add chat shortcut, View contact, and Mark as read/unread.
The best part though is that you can multiple select chats, regardless of their muted, read, or contact/group state. The feature is so well implemented that it'll adapt and only show the common denominator actions between all possible ones on the different conversations selected.
Multiple selection works in both the Chats and Contacts tabs, but not the Calls one. In Contacts, you get the option to start a new group or a broadcast when selecting several new persons.

There's a new circle icon with a color reminiscent of WhatsApp's own shade of teal green. Documents has also changed to a more obvious Gallery, so anyone can easily guess that it lets them select images from their own phone as a wallpaper.
Wallpaper selector before and after.
A fifth option has also been added: solid color. This opens up a list of different solid colors that you can preview and apply for a bit of an added personal touch to your conversations.
Solid color wallpaper options (left) and preview (right)


All of these features are available in version 2.12.560 of the app and it can be downloaded from APK Mirror or you can join their Play Store beta program or to manually download the APK from APK Mirror .
Source : AndroidPolice