WhatsApp update brings rich link previews, starred messages, and other goodies

WhatsApp on iOS
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The messaging app also plays nicely with Marshmallow's new sharing feature.


When it comes to a powerful, cross-platform messaging client you can’t go wrong with WhatsApp. 

If you’re one of the roughly 900 million active users you’ll have some new features thanks to the version 2.12.367 update, which should give you something new to play with while you slog your way through a Thanksgiving weekend filled with family activities.

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Starring a message can help you find it much quicker from within WhatsApp.

You can now tap and hold on any message to “star” it, which will then move it to a separate section with other starred messages. Also, any links shared amongst users include rich previews, so you have a better idea of what it’s all about.

Additionally, if you’re on Android 6.0 Marshmallow you’ll find support for the Direct Share feature, which means you can send something directly to a WhatsApp contact from the sharing menu. It’s a much faster process than copying a link or navigating through the app to find the right conversation strand.

You can grab the latest version from the Play Store or APK Mirror.

The impact on you: WhatsApp is a great choice if you’re looking for an over-the-top messaging service that your friends are probably using. That’s the main difficulty in trying to go full-time with a messaging app - so many others just use SMS because it’s rather ubiquitous. Under Facebook’s tutelage WhatsApp has continued to demonstrate massive growth, even launching a web portal earlier this year.

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