In a written statement, a spokesman for WhatsApp said: 'Today, we're rolling out a new feature that allows you to share your location in real-time with family or friends. You can choose to inform all or a selected few contacts from your contact list of the number change.
However, it could also prove extremely annoying, especially if you're busy while other people in the group chat are free, bored and looking to cause mischief. The new location sharing feature is an advanced version of the existing location sharing option on the app. WABetaInfo has been pretty accurate in unearthing hidden WhatsApp features and this time around they have spotted a group calling feature for the iOS app. WABetaInfo tweeted that the 2.17.70 iOS update has very hidden references to group calls. Notably, the company has not provided any announcement on the new features and there is no clarity on when they will be live for all.
Whatsapp is now testing an "unsend" feature which will help users to get rid of messages sent either by mistake or deliberately. As mentioned, the new feature will roll out with the latest the IOS app.
In addition, an image recently released by WhatsApp suggests the next update could also come with group video calling. However, they might not appear before the end of the year, as the features still require "a lot of development" and WhatsApp "has other priorities" - including an "unsend" feature, which will let you recall messages you've sent within a 5 minute window.
Location sharing is a common feature across social media platforms, from Snapchat, Facebook and even Instagram.
Now, when users opt-in to Live Location, friends can see their location on the map, which automatically updates as they move.
In the quest to ensure privacy, end-to-end encrypted feature will allow you to choose who you share your location with and for how long. Users can also set a timer for how long the location needs to be shared, thereby enabling all chosen recipients to see where the user is on a map in real time.
To use the Live Location option, open a chat with either the group of people or person you want to share your location with.