WhatsApp Android update brings support to format text to bold, italics

WhatsApp on Android will soon let users format their text to add bold or italics style and share docs from Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: March 21, 2016 1:29 pm
WhatsApp, WhatsApp format text, WhatsApp text formatting, WhatsApp update 2.12.535, WhatsApp 2.12.535 apk, WhatsApp update, WhatsApp new features, WhatsApp file share, How to share files on WhatsApp, technology, technology news WhatsApp for Android update brings support for formatting text, adding bold and italics to messages. It will also show the progress for a chat backup.

WhatsApp on Android will soon let users format their text to add bold or italics style while messaging their friends. The new update also brings the ability to share files and PDFs from Google Drive, OneDrive, rather than just the internal storage option.

WhatsApp update 2.12.535 for Android will have these features, reports AndroidPolice, which spotted the APK file. Currently the version is only for beta testers, and those who download the APK file. The APK file can be downloaded from here. We downloaded the file to test out the new features.

For Android users, WhatsApp v2.12.535 will let them add a bold or italics format to a text. To add bold type the text in between two * (asterisks) symbols and for italics type between two underscore _ symbols. For your friend to see the formatting they need to be on the same version. The formatting feature worked fine for us.

The app has also added the ability to share PDF documents from Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive accounts, rather than just the device storage. However we didn’t see the Google Drive option for us in the new APK version. Additionally when users are backing up a chat, WhatsApp will reflect how the progress goes as well.

WhatsApp has been adding a host of new features to the app since 2016 began. Recently the company introduced support for sharing documents, a new of new Emojis and a completely revamped Settings page on Android. The Settings screen brought new features including a circular profile picture, instead of a square one like before.

Also see: WhatsApp now supports document sharing: Here’s how to use

On iOS WhatsApp added features like Pinch to Zoom’ on video content, third-party app support for sharing pictures and videos. iPhone users can now pick from a variety of solid colours for their chat background as well.

WhatsApp now has 1 billion monthly active users, just seven years after the app was first launched. The instant-messaging app sees nearly 42 billion messages sent each day via its platform, with over 1.6 billion photos being shared daily. Numbers also reveal that over 250 million videos are shared each day on WhatsApp, and that there are over 1 billion groups.

Also read: WhatsApp for iOS gets ‘Pinch to zoom’ for video, third-party app support for sharing