Popular messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature which will allow users to track their friends in real-time.
Live Location Tracking, as it’s currently known, has been spotted on beta versions of the app. Available on Android version 2.16.399 and iOS version 22.214.171.124, the feature will let users make their location visible in a group chat allowing group members to track each other easily during meet-ups.
The feature, however, is disabled by default and will require users to activate it first through the app’s setting menu.
Live Location Tracking has for now been limited to show locations for a period of one, two and five minutes.
WhatsApp already allows users to share their specific location with friends but live tracking will come as a major upgrade to the app’s functionality.
However, the feature is still in its testing phase and as such there is no official word as to when and if it will be made available.
iPhone users can now use WhatsApp ‘without Internet’
WhatsApp has recently rolled out a new update for iOS that makes a host of new changes on how the app functions.
Queue up messages offline
We all have faced the situation in which we think that we have messaged someone but later come to know that the message never went because of a bad internet connection.
Previously, any messages or images sent offline on iOS devices would fail and had to be manually sent again when the phone connects.
Send up to 30 images in one go
The second change is related to image sending. When you’re the sole photo taker at an event and face a barrage of messages from friends asking you to share all the photos, you are often stuck figuring out how to send so many images together as WhatsApp had a limit of 10 images per post.
Now, after a long hiatus, there’s some development made in this regard as iPhone users will now be able to send up to 30 images in one go.
You can now clear specific chat data
WhatsApp is also making changes to help you manage your chat data. Previously, users could see exactly how much storage each chat occupies.
Now with the latest update, you can clear any unwanted chat usage so that all unnecessary conversations can give way for more storage. You can also delete certain message types, like videos, from specific chats.
Further, you’ll know exactly how much storage you are removing unlike the conventional clear chat option in the chat window.
The latest WhatsApp version 2.17.1 is now available for download to all iPhone users (running iOS 7 or higher). While most updates make minor changes in an app but this update seems like one you shouldn’t miss.