WhatsApp Latest Update Brings Search Image Feature and Transgender Emoji

WhatsApp in its beta application rolled out a new update recently. It consists of minor features like a tool for searching images and some new emojis, including the transgender emoji. These updates are, however, available for beta users only. Let’s take a detailed look at the updates.

WhatsApp Latest Update

The Search Image Functionality

This feature allows the users to search for any image on the internet, which they may have received through some forwarded text message. This is just like the search image feature of Google. All you need to do is a long press on the image and the search image option will be visible. Tap on it and you will have more details on the image.

At present, the users of WhatsApp, Instagram and other social networking platform relies mostly on visual information. This has led to the increasing count of photoshopped images marking themselves as real news, leading to an increasing number of rumors. WhatsApp has been criticized a lot for its inability to prevent the spreading of fake news and false propaganda.This functionality is aimed to suppress the spreading of fake news through the popular social networking platform. However, it has not been officially released and testing is still carried out in the beta version of the app available for iOS.

The Transgender Emoji

With the next update scheduled to be released for Android, WhatsApp is also bringing forth the transgender flag, next to the United Nations and the LGBT flag. However, this feature is only available for the beta users and yet to be rolled out in the company’s main application.

The Transgender Emoji
Transgender Emoji

Emojis are a way of connecting people without using any text. WhatsApp has no intention to leave behind the transgender community. This emoji will make the app even more on the transgender community since WhatsApp doesn’t have any emoji to express their feelings. With the use of this emoji, they will no longer be left out.

A bunch of other emojis is to be made available as well for representing other genders. These, however, remains hidden and there is no official news as to when they will be made public. With all the new features rolling out soon in the official app of the company, WhatsApp is also working to improve the Business version of the app for iOS users. The developers are going to add a Short Link feature which will allow the users of WhatsApp to interact in a hassle-free manner with the businesses

PUBG Game To Be Developed At PUBG Corp To Lead Special Projects

South Korean company Bluehole’s subsidiary PUBG Corporation developed and released this immensely popular multiplayer game, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG in 2017. The game is inspired from Battle Royale, a war based Japanese film released in 2000. Brendan Greene created this game based on some earlier used mods and it soon got expanded into a standalone game that got vastly popular around the world.

What is the Big News?

Recently Brendon Greene gave out this announcement that he is going to quit the development team of PUBG. The aim behind this is to oversee multiple projects at PUBG Corp. Before creating PUBG, Greene also created several battle royale mods called DayZ: Battle Royale for the game Arma 2. He also worked on the game H1Z1 for Sony Online. It should be noted that PUBG for desktop is developed and released by PUBG Corp, while PUBG for mobile is developed by Tencent Games, a gaming organization based in China. VG247 published a statement which mentions that the special projects at PUBG Corp will now be led by Greene from the company’s office at Amsterdam. He will be the company’s consulting director. The game’s development team will now be led by Taeseok Jang. Previously, Jang was PUBG’s creative director. It should be recalled that PUBG for desktop was released in December 2017, whereas PUBG for mobile was released in March 2018.

What is Greene Saying?

As per Greene, the last 5 years of his life was dedicated entirely to the battle royale. He had an incredible journey that started back in the early days when he was creating mods. Finally, he got a chance to create something based on his vision. That’s when he gave the world PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The journey was quite memorable for him and the game reached heights which he thought impossible. In his statement, he also thanked the fans and the entire team at PUBG Corporation.

The new special projects team which he is going to lead is dedicated to creating new modes of gameplay, tools, new technologies, and pipelines. Together with a team of researchers and talented game developers, they are going to explore new modes of connection and interaction with the game arena. He is waiting to begin a new journey in a new city with a brand new team, play a few games in the meantime while waiting for what the future has in store.

What is New in PUBG?

In the recent update, the Vikendi snow map was added for PS4, PC and Xbox One in PUBG. A new game, PUBG Lite has been launched, which optimized the game for devices with low configuration. Just like any other battle royale game, PUBG also involves 100 players paradropped on a random island. The winner is the last person who stays alive. Although the game is popular globally, the mobile version is the one that is immensely popular these days in India. Since people here have access to smartphones than high-end gaming consoles. Another fact that PUBG Mobile is free is also an added factor for the game’s popularity. Let’s hope that Jang will live up to our expectations and PUBG will very soon see some updates that will blow our mind.