WhatsApp will be using some of the new features of iOS 10 including connecting with Siri, according to Twitter account WABetaInfo account. The account has been fairly accurate in the past when it comes to leaks on WhatsApp.
According to WABetaInfo, in iOS 10 users will be able send WhatsApp Messages via Siri itself and make voice calls to contacts as well with the voice-assistant. Users will able to reply to WhatsApp calls directly in the lockscreen, and a WhatsApp button will show in contacts to make the call or send a message. In iOS 10, Apple is opening up Siri to third-party developers, and it looks like WhatsApp is ready to take advantage of the feature.
WhatsApp will also support rich notifications in iOS 10. The account also says WhatsApp for iOS 2.16.10 might have video calls, which was completed with 2.16.8, although there is no exact confirmation on when this feature will rollout. Also the GIF support is still not confirmed. WhatsApp’s video-call was spotted on a beta version of Android earlier this year, but the company had then disabled it and so far the much-rumoured and awaited feature has not yet launched for users.
Interestingly drawing tools for WhatsApp have been spotted on the Android beta version, but it looks like they won’t be coming to iOS immediately, which is strange because Apple plans to launch this for iMessages in order to make it more fun. In the Android side of things, beta file 2.16.262 has the drawing tools feature enabled by default, say reports.
WhatsApp has been adding new features throughout the year including PDF support, support for third-parties like Google Drive, OneDrive in order to share content. The app is now end-to-end encrypted and says no one, including WhatsApp can access or read a user’s message.