The Facebook-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp, recently came out with a 'Swipe To Reply' feature in its Beta version on Android. It is currently being tested by the Beta version users on Android OS.
The feature was being developed for a long time, and apparently, it is now available on WhatsApp beta version 2.18.300. It was launched on the iOS long time back, and the company has decided to launch the feature in the Android OS too. The feature would allow the user to respond to a message quickly by simply swiping on the screen. The step will make the user interface simpler and easier to use.
The 'Swipe to Reply' will directly open the message screen on message when a user will swipe right, making it easier for them to reply quickly. Consequently, the user would no longer be required to tap or long press on the reply button icon when he needs to reply to a message. WhatsApp has also posted a GIF showcasing the working of the feature.
Reportedly, WhatsApp is also working on a Dark Mode feature in the application for Apple users as well as Android users. The exact developments of the feature are not known currently and it is not sure when the company will be coming out with its new feature. The usual white screen of WhatsApp will be replaced by a Black background, similar to the Night Mode feature available on other applications. The Dark Mode is convenient to be used during nights.
Also, according to sources, WhatsApp beta version 2.18.282 would also include another new feature which would show a 'More' button in the group information so that the user can view other participants in the group if the number exceeds by 10.
WhatsApp is also working on the Status feature. Reportedly, the parent company, Facebook is all set to launch advertisements in the Status feature, similar to those seen on Instagram stories.
Recently, WhatsApp co-founders also resigned from Facebook after disagreements over the storage of user data and information. Facebook was in the news for compromising with the privacy of user's information that it collected.