WhatsApp is rolling out an update that will ensure your friends can longer cheat you saying, “I didn’t see your message.” The Facebook-owned app, which would previously show single tick if a message is sent successfully and a double tick if a sent message is received at the other end, now adds a nifty feature that turn those ticks blue when the recipient has read your message.
As explained by WhatsApp in its newly-updated FAQ, these changes also apply to group chat and broadcast messages. In that case, those two ticks will turn blue after every member within the group has read the message.
The feature is not available as an update which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store, and instead, it is available as an over-the-air to both iOS and Android versions of the app. And since you will get it automatically, you won’t even get notified if the new feature has been added to your device.
News of this new feature has reignited that WhatsApp will soon be getting some amount of VOIP (Voice over IP) capability, which would allow free voice calling via WiFi or cellular. Dutch website DroidApp.nl has posted set of calling-based icons that WhatsApp may use in the future, which look a lot like the Phone app icon.
In case of users who don’t know Dutch, the icon labels translate to “Missed calls,” “Start call,” “End call,” “Incoming and outgoing calls,” and “New call” respectively. Despite that these are the leaks of the Android version of the app, the company will presumably use them in the iPhone version of the app as well. The publication has also shared a tone that has been told is going to be the WhatsApp dial tone.
WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion earlier this year. It’s uncertain whether or not Facebook will use its resources to make WhatsApp a bona-fide Skype killer, but for now, your friends can no longer use false excuses that they haven’t seen your important message.