The upcoming feature was first spotted by WABetainfo, the Twitter account that tracks changes in the new beta build of WhatsApp. The feature is available for iOS users from a long time. The platform was making necessary improvements before making it available for the public.
Swipe to reply feature will let users reply faster as compared to the traditional way of replying on the platform. You can just swipe the message sideways and an empty reply box will appear. The feature was announced a few months back.
The platform has also started pushing a version with PiP mode. The feature is available only for the Android beta users as of now. WhatsApp had to improve the feature before making it available for everyone. The PiP mode allows users to play Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook videos within WhatsApp.
The PiP mode is available in WhatsApp v2.18.301. The Android beta users can continue to chat while watching videos within the chat window on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is also working on a Dark mode similar to Twitter and YouTube. The new theme will be automatically enabled in the dark or place where there is less light. The idea is to not strain eyes of the user. The platform is testing the dark mode feature, it will be rolled out to WhatsApp beta after the necessary improvements are implemented.
The messaging app may soon help you recover your Facebook account. If your Facebook account is hacked or you are locked out of it, you can use WhatsApp to recover the same. You need to register your mobile number with the Facebook account to use this feature. The platform will have to share your phone number and other private details with Facebook to enable this feature.