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WhatsApp gets patched, showcases new features

While the UK is in fierce discussion over how to save WhatsApp from a country-wide ban, the app is working hard on bringing new features to its users.

Even though the WhatsApp blog (opens in new tab) has no information on the matter, Pakistan’s Daily Times (opens in new tab) reports that the app has added a whole new range of features to its upcoming Android update.

There have been a total of five updates within a span of 24 hours, the site reports, adding that latest features will be visible on version no. v2.12.194.

One of the new features WhatsApp brings is the “Mark as Unread” feature, which obviously, helps you mark your read messages as unread. The idea behind the feature is to help you never forget to reply to a message.

This might prove useful, as when we’re out and busy, we often read a message and completely forget to reply to it, which can sometimes have undesired consequences.


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Another useful feature WhatsApp brings is an option for users to restrict low data usage for WhatsApp voice calling, quite a viable feature that needed to be introduced; for users on a slow data plan or a limited one and do not want WhatsApp voice calling consuming all of it.

The app also brings custom notifications, which allow users to set up tones, vibration length, lights, pop-up notifications and call ringtones for specific people or groups.

The update will roll out gradually. But in case you are desperate to get these features, you can download the update from the v2.12.194 from APK mirror.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.