(Image credit: Facebook; Shutterstock) After a long, long wait,
WhatsApp dark mode is now available to beta testers on Android and iOS, and hopefully a full global launch won’t be far behind. Soon, everyone will be able to catch up with the group chat in comfort when the lights are low, and maybe even save a little battery power in the process.
It’s a big step for the messaging app, which now has over two billion active users , but there are lots more changes on the horizon. Here are some of the changes and new features we’re expecting to see in the coming months.
Some of these are almost certainly on the way, based on hints found in the app’s install files, whereas others are speculation based on comments made by WhatsApp staff at conferences and trade shows. However many of them actually arrive on handsets, it’s set to be an interesting few months. Ads (a few, at least)
Originally, WhatsApp’s owner Facebook had intended to start slipping ads into your chats in 11579207682, but just a few weeks ago it emerged that the team tasked with this job had been disbanded.
In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook had broken up a team responsible for finding ways to work advertisements into conversations – a move that would have been met with widespread annoyance.
That doesn’t mean WhatsApp will remain entirely ad-free, thoughl Facebook is still planning to plug ads into the app’s Status feature. This works much like Instagram Stories, with posts that are only visible for a short time, but occupy your whole screen. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
If Facebook can’t advertise through WhatsApp, it can always earn a crust by taking a cut of goods sold by third-party retailers. In November 2020, the app