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WhatsApp gets a fresh design and new features

Meta has reworked the design of WhatsApp on Android and iOS. (Image: Meta)
Meta has reworked the design of WhatsApp on Android and iOS. (Image: Meta)
WhatsApp is getting a major redesign with simplified navigation, new icons and deeper integration of "Meta AI". The dark mode is darker than ever before, while the color palette of the popular messenger app has been revised.

WhatsApp will receive its most extensive update since 2021, both on iOS and Android, over the next few weeks. The update has already been distributed to some users. Meta is mainly revising the design - the color palette has been revised to differentiate elements more clearly, and all icons have been redesigned to symbolize the respective functions more clearly.

The dark mode has been reworked in order to display an even darker background, which should minimize power consumption on OLED displays, but should also make the app less tiring for the user's eyes in low light. The chat backgrounds and animations have also been revised. 

The Android version of the app will have a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, similar to the one already known from the iOS app, but the chats have higher priority and are positioned on the far left. The iOS app, on the other hand, gets a new header that not only removes the green bar, but also introduces a more prominent button for creating a new group chat.

Sending attachments has been simplified, as Meta has redesigned the corresponding user interface so that it takes up less space on the screen and is easier to navigate. The search field is supplemented by a "Meta AI" that can supposedly answer a wide range of questions, although this feature is not currently available in all languages. Chat filters allow you to only view conversations that contain unread messages.


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Hannes Brecher, 2024-05-11 (Update: 2024-05-11)