Your favourite messaging apps are getting updates this week, with a few new and fancy features. You'll be stickering, bolding, and whizzing through messages with your friends, whether your a Snapchatter or a Whatsapper.
Whatsapp Message Formats
Whatsapp is a stable messaging app for 417 million people globally. Absolutely destroying normal SMS for mobile operators and making it simple to transfer text, video, images, and sound, Whatsapp exploded onto peoples smartphones in 2010 and has been growing rapidly since.
The most recent update from the Whatsapp team allows people to nicely format text within their messages. Make sure you're on the most up-to-date version v2.12.539.
- To change something to bold, simply surround the words with *. e.g. *this will be in bold*
- To italicise, surround things with italics, e.g. _this will be in italics_
- Finallly, to strikethrough text, add tildes to either side - e.g. ~this will be stricken!~
You'll also find that there's now a Quick Reply option from the notifications area, and a few other bits and pieces for new colour backgrounds and selection of contacts.
Snapchat introduces Chat 2.0
Yesterday, March 29th, also saw a big update from another hugely popular social app Snapchat. Snapchat is a new entrance to the game, released in September 2011. Very popular with younger users, there's over 100 million daily active users on the platform, which is best known for its impermanent photos and snapchat stories.
The latest update aims to make chatting and texting in snapchat as close to "face-to-face" conversation as possible. You can switch between text and video seamlessly, sending mini-videos and audio notes. There's also a huge range of new fun stickers to try.
Snapchats key here is how easy it is to switch between all the different modes, simply click the video button!
Snapchat stories has also overgone a rehaul, with new Auto-advance stories that loop through all of your updates in one go.
Messaging as the future
There's a battle going on here for the best messaging application, with Facebook, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Viber, Skype, Slack, and Hangouts all battling for top dog position. There's a lot of talk about how messaging will become the platform of the future (you'll use it for shopping, ordering food, getting taxis etc), so the top tech companies aren't keen to miss out on the opportunity to come!