WhatsApp update brings Starred Messages and link previews to Android

WhatsApp’s latest updated is now live on the Google Play Store, bringing with it new features like Starred Messages, rich link previews, and Direct Share for Android. An extra addition on top of that is that the app now has Urdu and Bengali language support.


In order to access Whatsapp in Bengali or Urdu on your Android phone, you need to tweak the language settings a bit. Just before you hit the update button for version 2.12.367, change your handset’s language settings to Urdu or Bengali. As for Starred Messages, this is something we already spoke about earlier this month. The feature lets you click and hold on a chat entry to “star” it, a handy feature to bookmark something you know you’ll need later. In your WhatsApp home screen, under the main menu, is a Starred Messages tab where your bookmarked chats will appear, along with the contact that sent them and the timestamp for the message.

Rich link previews, meanwhile, is more of a convenience feature. When someone sends you a web link in chat, it’ll now appear as a tiny page preview in your chat, similar to when you share a link on Facebook, for example. It’ll let you know at a glance whether that annoying relative is sending you more hoax articles, or whether that link your buddy sent is NSFW.

Direct Share, on the other hand, is the only one of the additions restricted t only Marshmallow devices. It integrates your WhatsApp into the UI so you can share things with fewer clicks. For instance, if you click to share something online, aside from listing WhatsApp as a way to do that it also pops up a button to directly share with the last few people you chatted with.

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