WhatsApp unveils fresh design with focus on usability, aesthetics

WhatsApp's most recent updates are available for both iOS and Android users
An undated image of WhatsApp logo. — Unsplash
An undated image of WhatsApp logo. — Unsplash

Meta-owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp, has released a new user interface with an upgraded design, giving the messenger a "fresh new look".

The platform, taking to X (formerly known as Twitter), stated that the look would be fresh, but the app will remain familiar and simple to use.

Here's how WhatsApp will change following the update:

  1. New styles and icons help you locate what you need faster.
  2. New artwork with extra motion to increase the pleasure.

WhatsApp also posted a video demonstrating the modifications for Android and iOS.

The Meta-owned app's most recent updates will be available to both iOS and Android users, however, the latter now has a more advanced dark mode, according to WABetaInfo. These modifications seek to modernise the app's appearance while maintaining its essential functionality.

In addition, the WhatsApp news tracker described the new features on the revised UI in detail. It stated that the new icons are intended to help customers discover what they need more quickly, whereas, the enhanced drawings with added animations provide some entertainment.

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A representational image showing a new revamped interface of WhatsApp. — WABetaInfo
A representational image showing a new revamped interface of WhatsApp. — WABetaInfo

The darker option for WhatsApp Android focuses on better contrast and deeper tones to decrease eye strain in low-light conditions while also improving visual appeal and readability, according to WABetaInfo.

In addition, the app for Android now has a more contemporary, native bottom navigation bar similar to that seen on iOS, to assist users locate what they need faster. A new attachment structure has made it easier for iOS users to exchange photographs and movies.

Instead of a full-screen menu, there's now an expandable tray, allowing users to access features like media, polls, documents, and more with greater clarity.

Moreover, both the Android and iOS applications now include chat filters, which make it simpler to focus on and find key discussions. The new interface is now available to practically everyone. However, if it is still inaccessible, users should wait until the next app update.