WhatsApp now lets Siri act like your own personal messaging assistant

WhatsApp now lets Siri act like your own personal messaging assistant
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WhatsApp has just started distributing a much-anticipated update for its iPhone client via the App Store.

The upgrade transports a flurry of added functionality to the instant messaging platform, including the ability to use Siri to place calls and compose messages, but you’ll need to be running iOS 10 to take full advantage of them.

Aside from Siri integration, Version 2.16.10 also pushes incoming calls to the lock screen. This means that you no longer have to frustratingly swipe right on a notification to open the application when someone’s trying to reach you. Instead, you can answer or decline WhatsApp Calls in the same way you’d deal with a regular phone call.

That’s not all, though. WhatsApp has a brand new lock screen widget which allows you to see how many unread messages you have without unlocking your device. However, I’m not too sure why you’d want to use this feature as traditional notifications present you with a lot more information.

There are a couple of other changes bundled into the update that are compatible with previous versions of iOS. The most notable is a quick forward button for media that makes in-app sharing a lot easier as you’re no longer required to sift through several different screens to forward images and videos.

WhatsApp Messenger on App Store

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