Before rolling out for regular users, WhatsApp is testing several features under its beta belt and there’s one new feature that WhatsApp users should know about.
WhatsApp is working on new features related to users’ data security that could possibly protect user chat backup hosted on third-party cloud services such as Google Drive, reported Wabetainfo.
The feature will allow users to set both encrypt and password protection to chat history to prevent data theft in your conversations.
The same protection can be applied to the cloud backups of your WhatsApp histories. So even if someone manages to get access to your cloud storage, it’ll still need your password to access the WhatsApp backups.
The new secure chat feature is currently under development and it’s not confirmed when it’ll actually be released for public users.
WhatsApp Messenger Rooms under testing, can connect up to 50 people for video call
Recently Facebook has introduced Messenger Rooms shortcuts that support up to 50 people video call in a single chatroom in Facebook Messenger. And this new feature preparing to introduce in WhatsApp messenger.
With WhatsApp version 2.20.139, WhatsApp has integrated Messenger Rooms into WhatsApp. This update brings a new ‘Room’ feature under the chat menu. The option redirects you to Messenger to create a room to conduct group video call up to 50 people, reports WABetainfo.
Other than chat options, users can also create the Messenger Room via Calls tab.
The Messenger Rooms feature is currently under development and accessible through beta testing. Once developed, the feature will rollout to general users.
Note: This feature may not be available in some countries/markets/users.
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WhatsApp users will soon be able to make group call with up to 8 people
In the past few months, WhatsApp has introduced some big features such as the Dark Mode. And the developers of WhatsApp planning to include another essential feature to conduct group calls with up to 8 peoples.
According to Wabetainfo, WhatsApp has recently made some changes to the call button in the groups. If you were in a group with 4 participants, you can directly start a call without choosing the participants and all participants will be added automatically to the call.
Exceeding the 4 members’ participation limit, WhatsApp is testing the group calling feature for up to 8 people to conduct voice or video calls.
How to use the group voice or video calls:
Open a group and tap the Call button: If the group has a number of participants higher than the old limit (4) in a call, WhatsApp will ask which contacts you wish to call to, otherwise the call will be directly started.
Group participants that are not saved in your contacts won’t be added in the call.
- Open the Calls tab,
- Tap the Call button,
- Select New group call: here you can select which contacts to call.
This feature is under beta testing for WhatsApp version 2.20.133 beta and above, while an stable will rollout for regular users soon. However, you can download the latest WhatsApp beta APK from the article linked below.
Huawei Assistant gets new AI Tips feature update, brings new customizations
Huawei has previously added a smart card system that gives you instant feeds such as Stocks, Sports, and Traffic, based on your needs and specific usage scenarios.
Currently, users can subscribe to the following services:
- Investram – Investa watcher.
- Investing.com – Stock market, Financial News.
- Sports Events – Schedules for big games and live results for your favorite teams.
Users can also select notifications and reminders from:
- Weather – Receive local weather updates and alerts.
- App use – Display app usage data.
- Today – Get today’s events and to-dos from Calendar and Notepad.
- Mobile data usage – Calculate and analyze monthly data usage.
Huawei Assistant is a personal assistant designed for Huawei and Honor phones and provides you with considerate, accurate, and easy-to-access everyday services on demand.
In addition to the new updates, the name of the app is now changed to “Huawei Assistant∙TODAY” from “Huawei Assistant”.
How to use Huawei Assistant:
Swipe right on the home screen to access Huawei Assistant (or left if you are using a bi-directional language).
If you disable this feature and wish to re-enable it, either touch and hold a blank area on the home screen or pinch your fingers together (depending on your device model) to open the screen management view, then touch the Home screen settings, and enable Huawei Assistant.
How to Customize AI Tips:
- Open Huawei Assistant.
- Click on your profile icon (top right corner).
- Click on AI Tips slider to enable.
- Select Services.
- Follow the on-screen instructions (on each).
Note: Some Services in AI Tips are provided by third party application, and needs to be installed to be used.
You can download the latest version of the AI Tips version of Huawei Assistant from our APK application page here.