WhatsApp for Android updated with starred messages, rich preview links and Direct Share

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WhatsApp has started rolling out a rather nifty update for its official Android client via the Play Store. The upgrade brings users rich previews for links compatibility, support for Direct Share (Marshmallow only) and the heavily-requested facility to star important messages, which can be retrieved at a later date via a dedicated menu.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • Starred messages: Now you can tap and hold on any message in a chat to star it so you can easily find it later (works like a bookmark). You can browse starred messages from the Chats tab > Menu > Starred Messages.
  • Links that you share or receive will now include a rich preview. When sending a link, you have the option to not include a rich preview.
  • Support for Android direct share, which lets you quickly choose a specific chat when sharing content from other apps (Android 6.0+).

To install the update on your Android-powered smartphone simply open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on WhatsApp, then tap the update button. Alternatively, you can hit the link below to initiate the download on your handset from the Web.

Play Store Download Link

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