Given the fast rate at which WhatsApp betas are rolling lately, we keep getting frequent tips about certain small changes to the app that have occurred over one of the many revisions but that we can’t pinpoint to a specific version of the app (unless we go ahead and install and test each version, but ain’t nobody got time for that!!!). So here we are today with a list of changes that have been implemented at some point during the past week or two and that are all available in version 2.12.535 of the app.
First, you can now format text inside WhatsApp messages as bold or italics. Just put the bold text *between asterisks* and the italics _between underscores_ and you should see the formatting on your device. This is the same formatting used by Google+ by the way. Whether the recipient sees it depends on which version of the app they’re running (2.12.510 can’t, but 2.12.535 can). We tried to trigger strikethrough with the text -between dashes- but that didn’t work, and other symbols don’t seem to cause any other formatting changes.
Bold and italics in conversations and notifications plus bold sender name in the notification
Talking of formatting changes, notifications now show the name of the sender in bold. That’s much easier to read when you’re trying to parse different messages and see who’s talking to you before opening the app. The notification also seems to handle the same formatting that’s displayed in chats — as you can see in the screenshot above, the second “toto” is shown in bold.
Second, there are some improvements to the document sending feature, which was introduced a couple of weeks ago. When attaching a document, a Browse other docs… option showed up recently(ish), that allows you to browse your Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive