The regular stream of WhatsApp for Android beta updates is moving as steadily as ever, and the latest one among them has brought with it support for text formatting, meaning you’ll be able to write in bold and italics. An improvement to the document sharing feature of the application has been infused into this release as well.
We’re talking about version 2.12.535 of WhatsApp here, but it has already been succeeded by three more incremental updates we don’t know the exact features of. Anyway, the big news is that those who’re subscribed to the beta testing program can now format the text in their messages.
In order to bold a text, you will be needed to put your message in between asterisks like this: *bold text*. As for italics, the code is placing the text in between underscores like this: _italic text_. Only a user who is on version 2.12.535 of WhatsApp or further will be able to see the formatted text though.
Another small change is that formatted text also shows up as it is in the notifications area. And the names of senders shown in notifications will be bold by default from now on.
After a very long wait, document sharing was finally introduced to WhatsApp recently, but it limited the supported file types to just pdfs. That still hasn’t changed but the new version of the utility does let you send pdf files from Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, rather than just your phone. Another cool addition is that you can send Docs, Sheets and Slides files from Google Drive as well, but only after WhatsApp converts them to pdfs.
If you’re a WhatsApp beta tester, this version of WhatsApp should already have reached your device. If it hasn’t yet, you can download it through APK Mirror.