Amid Messaging Mania, WeChat Releases Major Upgrade, Adds New Features


TechCrunch

With the messaging app space suddenly running hot after the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp, you can bet the other big messaging platforms are playing close attention to their products. And sure enough, WeChat has just done a major upgrade for both iOS and Android.

Version 5.2.0.17 now includes:

– Real-time location sharing with walkie-talkie
– Universal search including chat history search
– Receive a special notification if you’re mentioned in a group chat
– Share sticker sets with friends
– “Better image browsing in chats”
– Calls “connect more reliably and video and audio quality is improved”

The Android version also received a facelift with some UI improvements and a new Friend Radar feature similar to the older Look Around feature, which connects you to people using WeChat nearby. Like the iOS version, it also includes real-time location sharing. As with WhatsApp, users now have a photo album feature for…

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