WhatsApp with a user base of 1.5 billion active users is rolling out many new features. At the recently concluded F8, Facebook announced that WhatsApp will get the group video calling feature. However, it did not reveal the changes those will be brought to the messaging or chatting experience. Now, a new feature has been spotted in the Android version 2.18.138, which lets users directly open a chat window.
WhatsApp has registered a new domain, 'wa.me'. This is said to act as a short link for api.whatsapp.com and let you open a quick chat. This way, you need not open the app to chat via it. To enjoy this new features, you should update the app to the version number 2.18.138 and it is available only for Android right now.
How does it work?
To use this feature, you need to type https://wa.me/ followed by the phone number of the person you want to chat with. Doing so, the web page will ask you if you want to continue messaging. You should hit on the message button to proceed. Then, it will redirect you to the WhatsApp Web page wherein you need to scan the QR code and login.
If you enter a number, which is not registered with the messaging platform, then the web page will display a message stating "phone number shared via URL is invalid". This feature appears to be an extension to the WhatsApp Web service meant to make things easier for the users.
Apart from the above-mentioned feature letting you open a chat window without entering WhatsApp, the platform has also rolled out a sticker album for the beta users. As per WABetaInfo, all users of the app will get the sticker album in the next few releases. The report states that the company is working to improve the feature before enabling it to all users. This feature groups two stickers together in a row helping users save space in a chat if they send more than a sticker.
WhatsApp has updated the privacy settings and terms of service to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which will be enforced on May 25 in the European Union. Post this, users of the app can download all their data collected by the app.