Whatsapp Launches Chat Archives for iOS Users; Also Adds Slow Motion Videos

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has updated its iPhone app. The new update comes with the feature to archive chats and groups. iPhone 5S users can now also share slow motion videos with their friends. Is Whatsapp trying to compete with Instagram’s Hyperlapse by experimenting on video? Other new features in Version 2.11.9 include:

– Add captions to photos and videos
– Added fast camera access button for capturing and sending photos
– Users can now trim videos before sharing them
– Share Location: add support for satellite and hybrid map views when sharing a location
– Share Location: drop and drag pin lets you share a precise location
– New media auto-download preferences: Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download
– New Wallpapers: Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Wallpapers > Wallpaper Library
– New Notification tones: Settings > Notifications
– Users can now attach screenshots when reporting problems


Whatsapp is also set to launch a free voice calling feature for its 600 million monthly active users. The date of launch is still undisclosed but, according to some recent changes in the interface of the app suggests the feature is coming soon.

Last month, WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum announced in a Twitter post that his mobile app has reached 600 million monthly active users and has witnessed a 15% rise in its traffic since the acquisition. In April this year, It passed 500 million active user milestone, 100 million more from December 2013. Earlier this year, the app had gotten acquired by Facebook for USD 19 billion. California-Headquartered, WhatsApp service was launched in 2009 by Jose Torres, Jan Koum and Brian Acton.