WeChat, one of the popular cross platform instant messaging application has today been officially updated to version 5.2.1. The update brings in a number of new features that will surely excite the users in a various way. The latest version of the app is just out for the iOS and Android devices and for Windows Phone devices, the company said that it would be released soon.
One among the most liked features in the instant messaging app could surely be the in-app features. Now you can simply do a number of tasks from within the app itself. For e.g. if you want to listen to Bollywood music, you can just follow Hungama official account inside the app and also play any songs within the app itself.
WeChat is now offering a number of features like new stickers, real-time location sharing in group chat along with a walkie-talkie like voice calling feature within the app.
Here are some of the best features that you will like in the app:
Live Chat, Group Chat
It lets you send voice messages from within the app. This is very much similar to what WhatsApp is currently using. You can also invite your friends to a WeChat group chat via QR code, this is available in the latest versions of WeChat for iOS and Android.
This is very much like the Facebook wall look-wise. You can press camera to share photos with your friends. Set the visibility of photos you're sharing and people with whom you'd like to alert to your post. Moreover you can also like or comment on your friends' photos. Also you can tap on a comment to reply directly to it.
With one tap, WeChat's friend radar feature allows you to search other WeChat users in your vicinity and add them to your contact list. Very much similar to the mechanism of how Bluetooth works, friend radar will also show you all the devices where WeChat is on. Thus instead of saving phone numbers of your friends you can directly find out the WeChat users via friend radar.
Real-Time Location Sharing
By inviting your friends to share their Real-Time Location, you'll never have to worry about someone getting lost again. You can help them navigate their way on the WeChat map and through an integrated walkie-talkie session. Simply open a chat > + > Locations > "Real-time Location" > View map with your friend's location.
Localized and Free Stickers
Spice up any conversation and get your friends laughing by sending them the angry aunty, master blaster and the puppy time stickers from the WeChat Sticker Shop. And there are always more being added to share!
The best part of the app is that it doesn't take much of your phone memory. The app has an option to save the image in your phone, unlike the other instant messaging apps which automatically downloads the files. Moreover, WeChat has also offered a free 1GB could storage. Thus whatever files you favorite, it will get stored in your account in the WeChat Cloud storage.
Other features include, a universal in-app search bar, which has the capability to search any word mentioned in the entire app or in the messages inside it, including the names in your contact. You also get a hidden features like a birthday wish, which will bring down balloons across the screen and more.
The application has been pretty much popular in India and the company has also told us that the app would bring in more features in the near futures. Since the instant messaging apps have become a major aspect among the smartphone users across the globe, the competition in the instant messaging app is pretty ruthless.