WhatsApp gets new drawing tools, new business collections

by Johnson Daniel

WhatsApp has been constantly adding new features to its app to offer a more secure and richer messaging experience. It also has several upcoming features still under development, including a refined voice call interfacepayments with Novi integration in the US, and multi-device support. Now, the latest WhatsApp beta for Android points to the service working on another new feature, albeit a minor one: additional drawing tools for images and videos.

WABetaInfo discovered two new drawing pencils — for a total of three — in WhatsApp’s built-in image editor in the latest Android beta. The icons indicate that the new pencils could offer broader tips, allowing you to draw or scribble thicker lines on images or videos. WhatsApp currently allows users to change the pencil colour but there’s no option to increase/decrease its thickness. The report further adds that WhatsApp has started working on a tool for its Android app to blur images. This should make sharing screenshots and photos easier, as you can blur out the sensitive parts before sending them.

There are some additional drawing tools in development, but there’s no information about them yet. Another feature set to make its way to the app is the ability to create catalogues. A catalogue contains products and services that businesses can offer to customers. When customers choose a product from the catalogue, they can contact the business to ask for more information, or they can even share the product with other contacts.

With the new feature, you can group similar products and services in a collection. A collection contains products and services of the same category, so customers can easily find them by browsing the proper collection since they are organized better

There’s also no clarity on when these new tools will be available to the public. Nonetheless, they should first make their way to the beta channel before being rolled out to WhatsApp’s massive userbase.


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