Popular Messanger app Whatsapp has always been adding new features timely that make the user experience more convenient. And now, sooner they may launch 2 new and absolutely required features in their next updations- dark mode and a new ‘Swipe to Reply’.
It means no longer you have to give stress to your eyes during late-night texting sessions. The feature is right now under development and will be available on Android and iOS platforms for nighttime users.
Generally, such features undergoing testing show up on WhatsApp Beta. However, we can expect them to show up anytime soon.
‘Swipe to Reply’ Feature
WhatsApp is now working on a ‘Swipe to Reply’ feature for Android users. At the moment, this feature is already available only on iOS. With this feature, users can simply swipe right the message they want to reply and the message will load in the reply context. WhatsApp has recently submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Programme, which brings the beta version up to 2.18.282 respectively.
This feature will reduce the stress on the eyes while using the app in the dark or, at night. At the moment, there is no timeline provided as to when exactly, this feature will arrive on the app. This will provide a dark background to the traditional WhatsApp interface. It will also allow better battery savings especially for devices running OLED and AMOLED displays, as each pixel is essential an individual LED in case of such displays.
The LED pixels are turned off when displaying blacks, which in turn results not only in better contrast ratio but also battery saving. However, Twitter and YouTube recently introduced dark modes that create a display lessening the strain on a user’s eyes at night by putting up a darker background.
Maybe after, Facebook-owned WhatsApp could set the trend for more of Mark Zuckerberg’s apps to get a Dark Mode, which mean one day we’ll see Dark Mode on the likes of Facebook, Messenger, and potentially even Instagram.
According to WABetaInfo, the Facebook-owned messaging service may launch a “dark mode” feature as an update, altering the user interface.
The app currently provides the users with an option to change the wallpaper and background of the chat but with limited customization as the background changes for all chats and isn’t exactly programmed to reduce strain on a user’s eyes.