WhatsApp Introduces New Formatting Tools to Catch Up With Rivals

WhatsApp’s status as the foremost messaging platform in the world has been secure for quite some time now, but in spite of the fact that this is the case, it has faced stiff competition. The introduction of formatting tools beginning 2016 improved the ability of users to get the message across, but a stagnation followed which allowed competitors like Telegram and Discord to surpass the Meta owned app.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that WhatsApp is finally beginning to bridge the gap between itself and its minor competitors which threaten to overwhelm it. The instant messaging app has introduced messaging editing features at long last because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing users to modify messages after sending them.

It bears mentioning that this feature has been available on Telegram and Discord which has made many users prefer them to WhatsApp. Beta testers spotted an upcoming update that will roll out code block, quote block and bullet list features among others. These will allow users to add symbols that will make the text look different in the sent message, thereby giving them more clarity than might have been the case otherwise.

Caption editing is also coming into the mix, enabling users to modify captions for images and other forms of media that they send it. This will certainly help WhatsApp remain competitive, since failing to offer these features would have led to countless users departing en masse. WhatsApp is in danger of losing its throne, especially as the younger generation turns towards Snap and Discord for all of their messaging needs.

The updates might be coming in at a snail’s pace, but they are nonetheless going to be a boon for WhatsApp users that are tired of the platform being too old fashioned to use properly. It remains to be seen when these updates will receive a wider rollout, but chances are that WhatsApp will want to do that sooner rather than later to keep the update inflow consistent.

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