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WhatsApp update: Pay for a friend, in-app camera & new widgets

The WhatsApp app has just received a mega update with new and interesting functions in addition to two widgets that will significantly enhance user experience. Here are the most significant changes in WhatsApp soon to be released on the app through Google Play.

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The number 1 instant messaging service received a significant upgrade with many striking improvements and changes and it's about time if you ask me. The new version hasn’t arrived to Google Play yet, but if you are in a hurry like I was, you can download the WhatsApp APK.

Pay for a friend

As we all know or soon discover, WhatsApp is a paid app, which many people dislike having to pay for (but there are very good reasons for paying for WhatsApp). For some users, it seems like they only needed to cough up a single down payment. The rest of us have to renew this service every year with a fee of 99 cents. The developers have now added an interesting feature: you can buy a subscription for a friend, just like inviting them out for coffee. And if you are feeling extra generous, you can even buy them a subscription for one, three or even five years. This I’m sure will be really useful for those who have neither a Google Wallet nor a Paypal account.

In order to view this function, go to Settings then Account Information, Payment information and once there click on the menu to see the new option to pay for a friend.

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You can now pay for a friend! © AndroidPIT

New WhatsApp Camera and widgets

The improvements don’t stop there either. There are also two new widgets and one of them in fact hints at another of the changes that I consider the main and most important in the history of WhatsApp updates: they’ve now included the possibility to take pictures directly from the application.

There’s a new WhatsApp Camera widget that is basically a shortcut icon. This function is also included within each chat, found under the paperclip icon. When opening the camera viewfinder, a message will say "Send WhatsApp photo or video". After pressing the shutter, you will be redirected to your WhatsApp contacts for sharing. What’s more, the preview video or photo after sharing is much better.

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The WhatsApp Camera widget lets you take pictures and share directly in the app. © AndroidPIT

Finally, there is a new widget allowing you to read the latest unread messages in much more detail than in the notification bar.

What do you think of the update? Would you buy a year’s WhatsApp subscription for a friend?


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