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WhatsApp will let users track friends' location in real-time
WhatsApp is testing a number of new features for future updates to its messaging app.
The latest beta update for the Facebook-owned app brings a new feature that promises to track your every movement.
Not only does the new update let WhatsApp know where you are at any given moment – but it will allow let your contacts see your current location, too.
Dubbed Live Location Tracking, the new feature will allow users to make their current location available to members of a chat or group conversation in real-time – helping friends find one another during meet-ups
Fortunately, the Live Location Tracking won’t run in the background all the time.
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Instead, the new addition will be an opt-in feature, with users able to activate the service in either one-, two- or five-minute intervals.
This should allow you to share your location at times that suit you without compromising your privacy when you’d rather stay hidden.
WhatsApp is also expected to disable the Live Location Tracking feature by default, so you're not sharing your location with strangers without realising it.
Although WhatsApp already lets users share their current location, real-time tracing is a far more intimate metric.
But Live Location Tracking isn’t the only new WhatsApp feature on the horizon.
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Tapping and holding on the message summons a slew of new options, including Edit and Revoke
WhatsApp may soon let users revoke, recall or edit messages that have already been delivered to contacts within the chat app.
The feature would allow users to edit – or completely revoke – messages sent by accident, as well any texts with cringe-inducing typos or content.
And that could save WhatsApp users a lot of embarrassment.
WhatsApp is currently trialling the new feature within its iPhone beta software.
Those with access to the early beta release say the feature is disabled by default, meaning users have to know of its existence, and seek it out within the settings menu to enable it.
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Pressing and holding on a sent message within the iOS version of WhatsApp now includes two new options in the small menu.
Edit will let you change the content of the message, while Revoke lets you pull the text from the conversation – as if it never existed.
Unfortunately, the ability to revoke your message will only work when the recipient hasn't seen the text.
WhatsApp can currently delete messages from your own device, however the deleted messages will remain visible to the recipients.
Twitter user @WABetaInfo published a photo of the new feature working on iPhone.
Unfortunately, there's no word yet on when – or if – the new edit and revoke features will be making their way to Android beta users.
Separately, WhatsApp is also testing the ability for iPhone users to preview the contents of archive files – such as ZIP or RAR – shared with them.