Tech Tuesday | WeChat 5.2: Taking Up the Ante for Social Scenes with 6 New Features3/04/2014Shen
Your favorite chat app just got a lot more interesting. Catching up with our busy lifestyle (at least yours coz I'm pretty much cooped up at home, thanks to my growing baby bump). Make communication fun and interactive-and a lot easier, thanks to the new WeChat 5.2 upgrade for either Android and iOS smartphones.
1. Menu Bar
More convenient and sorted to fit the habits of smartphone users, WeChat 5.2 opens to a clearer interface which has its many features compartmentalized into three sections: Chats, Discover, and Contacts. Chats lets you continue with your current conversations, while Contacts allows you to start new exchanges with your friends. For the rest of your favorite, fun features, one tap of the Discover tab easily takes you to your Moments feed as well as options including Scan QR Code, Shake, People Nearby, Drift Bottle, Games, and Sticker Shop.
3. Real-time Location-sharing
Planning to go bazaar-hopping with a group of friends for the weekend? Never leave anyone behind and keep everyone in the loop by using WeChat’s Real-time Location-sharing feature. Invite your friends to share where they are and help them navigate their way on the WeChat map and through an integrated walkie-talkie session. Simply open a chat > + > Locations > Real-time Location > to view one another’s maps.
If you want to upload photos in your social networking accounts but having problems scrolling through endless chats, WeChat’s 5.2 has the solution for you. With the integration of a Group Chat Photo Album, photos shared in your group chat—whether for skating trips in the metro or diving sessions at Palawan—are arranged by date and then stored in one location accessed through one tap of the Photo Album icon.
5. Universal Search
Don’t worry if you forgot that important date or name in a chat conversation. With WeChat’s Universal Search feature, you can quickly refer back to any message or contact by typing into the search field within the Chats tab.
Reveling in social setting such as Bonifacio Global City or 71 Gramercy can build up your contact list as quick as a wildfire. Manage your networks by with WeChat’s Contact List Customization feature, which gives you the option to add photos, addresses and business cards to your friends’ profiles.
Apart from these updates, WeChat 5.2 for Android also comes with enhanced versions of its staple features. Among these include more animated stickers from Sticker Shop which capture your experiential responses; Group Chat Mention Notifications which will notify you when your name is mentioned in a Group Chat; boosted quality for Video and Audio Chats; and a LinkedIn Account in WeChat which lets you grow your professional circle. All of this, complemented with the new, easy-to-use interface means more possibilities for your social life. To upgrade now and for the latest updates, visit www.wechat.com.
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