WhatsApp in a bid to stay competitive has announced a series of features rolling out on the service. This includes expanding file sharing and group chat sizes.
According to reports, WhatsApp users will now be able to share files up to 2GB in sixe at once which is a massive jump from the previous limit of 100MB.
WhatsApp says the files are protected by end-to-end encryption and suggests you use Wi-Fi for sharing particularly large files, though uploads and downloads of such files will show a counter that will tell you how much longer you’ll have to wait.
Also, in the new updates released, WhatsApp users will be able to add up to 512 people to a group against the 256 being permitted before. Although the feature is not widely available yet, it is slowly trickling to users.
With the move, WhatsApp is becoming a bit more like Telegram, which is still ahead with the ability to add up to 100,000 people into a “supergroup.”
The company further announced that emoji reactions to messages which were rolled out in March have gone live with the latest version of the WhatsApp app.
WhatsApp says it will continue to improve on this feature by adding a broader range of reactions in the future.