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  • WhatsApp announced a bunch of new features, including animated stickers.
  • It is also bringing in QR codes, and improvements to video calls.
  • The company will be rolling out the features over the next few weeks.
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WhatsApp just announced a bunch of new features, including animated stickers and QR codes.

Here are the new features:

  • Animated Stickers: The company says “stickers are one of the fastest growing ways people communicate on WhatsApp, with billions sent every day. We are rolling out new animated sticker packs that are even more fun and expressive.” (It’s worth noting that the company has been lagging behind rivals like Telegram, and even Messenger, which have very popular animated sticker features.)
  • QR codes: “Soon when you meet someone new, you will be able to scan their QR code to add them to your contacts,” says the company.
  • Dark mode for WhatsApp web and desktop: This let’s you swap the WhatsApp theme to a darker mode which is more suited to night-time reading. On the non-mobile versions it has been officially impossible, though people have managed to do this manually for some time.
  • Improvements to group video calls: The company says it now allows up to eight people on a video call, and have made it easier to focus on one person by letting you maximise their screen. “We also added a video icon in group chats of 8 or less, so you can easily start a group video call with 1-tap.”

The announcement doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, as many of the features have been available in beta builds for some time, but QR codes and animated stickers have been wished-for mainstream features for a while now.

The company says it rolling out the features over the next few weeks.

(Compiled by Edward-John Bottomley)

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