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WhatsApp on Android Gets Custom Notifications and More

On Tuesday mobile messaging app WhatsApp released an update for Android bringing a couple of useful new features. The biggest is the ability to set custom notifications for contacts so that you know who your incoming messages are from without having to look at your phone. The new version of the app hit Google Play for download a month after it was made available on the WhatsApp site.
You can now decide whether your phone plays a tone or vibrates, and even customise the length of a vibration so that you can tell exactly who is messaging you. You can also change the notification light colour. To use custom notifications, tap on a contact’s name to bring up contact info and you’ll see a ‘use custom notifications’ toggle.

The update also brings a ‘mark unread’ option that allows you to mark a chat as unread by just tapping and holding any conversation. This won’t let you pretend not to have seen a message that someone has sent you, but you can flag certain chats as unread as a reminder that you should go back to them next time you’re online. There’s also a low data usage option for voice calls, which can be useful when you’re somewhere with limited connectivity. You can opt in for low date usage in Settings > Chats and Calls.

Finally, the update adds a couple of new emojis – a middle-finger gesture and a Star Trek-inspired Vulcan salute.


Aaron Waterhouse

Aaron is a recent English graduate from Durham University who is now working as a content writer intern. An enthusiastic traveller, he hopes to become a journalist and report from around the world. Follow him @AaronAtSMF.

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