WhatsApp is continuously adding new features and growing day by day. This time WhatsApp is testing something new and different on its latest beta versions. I think some of engineers there, maybe inspired from old mailing system to add this reply thing with forward already existing.
Testing of this new feature in found to be done on WhatsApp ( specific version 2.16.118 for first time ) for Android only till now. This may be server side change or offline app side, there have been reports of support of this feature in other versions also. Sometimes, it needs to restart the device after installing the new beta version to start using the reply and quote feature.
Yes this a server side flip, we seen the same things on Android v 2.16.100. And also available for iPhones.
When you send a quoted message to other Android users , they are able to see your quoted message and reply even if they are on older versions of WhatsApp. Older Android app versions seems to support the feature but users are not being able to initiate it. But, when you use the feature to chat with Windows Phone users, it makes no sense, Windows Phone will not show the quoted message, it will just show only the reply.
When we select a message now by tapping and holding, a reply button is shown at the top with other buttons like delete, star and forward. Tap the reply button to use this new feature. After tapping, the quoted message will show up as a preview on top of the text entry box where you can add your reply. You can tap the small cross (x) button to remove the quote if you change your mind later on.
Once youve sent your reply, it will show up inside the conversation with the original quoted message attached on top of it, along with the senders color-coded name. This should work super well in group chats where each participant gets a specific color. Anyone can tap that attached quote to move to the corresponding message quickly: WhatsApp scrolls up automatically and highlights it in blue then lets it fade away. Thats nice if you want to recall in which context a certain message was sent.
You can also quote media in the conversation. Thats another good thing. You can also quote your own older messages. It will be very useful in group chats.
If you want to test this out, your best bet is to update to version 2.16.118 of WhatsApp, which is available directly on APK Mirror or by joining the Play Store beta and downloading the app there. If you dont see it, try uninstalling and reinstalling the app. And dont be surprised if it shows up on older versions of the app too, it could be a server-side switch flipping it for you.
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