Though Microsoft is almost done with their Windows Phone platform, WhatsApp is ensuring that their users don’t get disappointed. The company has released beta version 2.18.24 for Windows Phone users. This new update brings new stickers, a redesigned stickers notification icon and live location sharing.
Out of all these features, only the live location sharing feature is available on both iOS and Android. These features are expected to be rolled out to the users on a stable build soon.
WhatsApp Beta v2.18.24 was first spotted and reported by WABetaInfo. To access these new features, Windows Phone users will be needed to download the beta version of WhatsApp from the Microsoft Store. But before you jump to it and download the app, do know that beta versions of apps tend to have bugs and issues. So, it is recommended that you wait for the stable build to get these features.
The live location sharing feature was first brought to iOS and Android operating systems back in October. It enables users to share their real-time location with their contacts as a message either personally or in a group. The shared location stays active for a selected duration or forever. If you ask me, this is a very useful feature for keeping a track of your family and friends.
As for the other features, Windows Phone users will now have the ability to send Stickers in both personal and group chats. To indicate that a user has gotten a sticker, WhatsApp will show a heart-shaped logo instead of the counter which shows up for normal chats. As per the report, the stickers feature was first spotted in beta v2.18.2 and remains hidden by default. It further states that the feature will be remotely enabled in the future.