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What you need to know

  • WhatsApp today announced several new features for its platform.
  • The chat app is finally catching up to the likes of Telegram with animated stickers.
  • The new dark mode will also be available on the web and desktop apps.

Update, July 8 (12:00 pm ET): WhatsApp today announced the rollout of animated stickers.

WhatsApp today announced a bunch of new features for its apps. First and foremost, the ever-popular dark mode is now making its way from the mobile apps to the desktop and web apps.

Additionally, the company is expanding its sticker offerings to include the animated kind, finally catching up to the likes of Telegram.

Other quality-of-life improvements include the ability to add contacts via QR code and the option to focus on a single person's video stream during a group call. This comes after the company recently upgraded the maximum limit of participants per video call from four users to eight.

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Last but not least, if you're a user of KaiOS' super cheap, semi-smart feature phones, the Facebook-owned company is also sending some love your way with the availability of status updates on KaiOS.

All these features are expected to roll out to users with the latest versions of the app in the next few weeks.

Update, July 8 (12:00 pm ET) — Animated stickers start rolling out

WhatsApp today announced that animated stickers were now rolling out. Dark mode for the web was already made available last week. The company is also testing other features including multi-device login and improved search.

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