WhatsApp now tells you when your message has been read
New Delhi: Messaging app WhatsApp has rolled out a small but significant feature that tells you when the recipient has read your message. Two little gray check marks that appear next to your message will now turn blue when your text has been read.
Earlier users believed that the grey check marks in WhatsApp meant that the receiver had read their message, but it was not the case, as it meant your message has been sent and delivered to the recipient's device.
If you are interested in knowing at the exact time someone read your message, you can hold down the message, then click info to get time stamps.
WhatsApp has also updated its FAQ pages titled "How can I tell if someone has read my message?" and "What are those check marks next to my messages?"
In addition to the read receipts, WhatsApp has also rolled out the Message Info screen that now displays details of a message. The FAQ page notes, "For any message that you send, you will be able to see a Message Info screen, displaying the details of when your message was delivered, read or played by the recipient(s)." Users can check Message Info by tapping and holding a sent message.
Meanwhile reports suggest that a site named Droidapp.nl has received images of the Voice-Calling feature of WhatsApp that is expected to be released in 2015. The site has posted icons for missed calls, start call, end call, incoming and outgoing calls, and new call from an Android app. The publication has also shared a tone it claims will be the dial tone for WhatsApp.
WhatsApp recently announced a delay in its plan of introducing the free voice-calling feature this year, pushing back the launch to the first quarter of 2015.