As part of its latest update, WhatsApp for iOS has added some new features, implemented various optimizations and fixed several bugs. The highlight is a new feature that allows users to see recent status updates in the WhatsApp widget within the ‘Today View’ section.

The update, which started rolling out earlier today, comes with version number 2.18.40, and also allows voice messages to continue playing even when users switch to another app or turns the screen off. The update is yet to hit the Android version of the app.

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As per WABetaInfo, forthcoming updates to the platform will bring further changes, including improvements for group video calls, translations for the Sticker feature, and more. It isn’t immediately clear when these will be implemented, but they are expected to be available sooner rather than later.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular cross-platform messaging apps there is, but that doesn’t mean that the Facebook-owned platform is taking things easy. The app continues to add new features on a fairly regular basis, and only recently, added a slew of new features to the app, including the ability to make payments by scanning QR codes, support for group description, search for group members directly from the Group Info screen and in-call switching between voice and videos by tapping on a button.

Meanwhile, as part of an April Fools’ prank, WABetaInfo yesterday tweeted out that WhatsApp will add a slew of new features that will make the service more similar to rival Telegram. While some publications have fallen for it, the fact remains that WhatsApp hasn’t rolled out any such update, and isn’t likely to do so in the foreseeable future, although, some of those features would definitely make the service more enjoyable.

Seen above, the prank tweet claims WhatsApp will reportedly receive a dark mode, Touch ID support for iPhone, polls in groups, and the ability to add up to 4,096 members in a group. How most WhatsApp users wish it was for real!