WhatsApp and the Facebook Messenger are two of the most sought after instant messaging apps. Both have a user base of 1.3 billion as on September 2017, as per leading research analytics company Stastista. The constant flurry of new features that keep trickling in at regular intervals has helped the duo retain user interest. We take a look at some of the new features in Messenger app that are being rolled out as well as those that are in the pipeline.

Allows 4K images

Facebook Messenger will no longer downgrade your high resolution photos sent in 4K resolution. Earlier all images were automatically cropped to a lower 2K resolution, even if they were sent in higher resolution. The feature is currently available only in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. But Facebook is working bringing it in other markets as well.

Snapchat like Streaks

According to online portal Mashable, Facebook is testing a new feature on the lines of Streaks in Snapchat. It basically tells for how many days you have been continuously chatting with a friend. So if you have been chatting with a contact for more than two days, the streak will show the exact number of days you have been sending messages to and fro. The feature is currently available to beta users only.

Discover Tab

Facebook is working on bringing its new Discover tab feature for users in India. Unveiled at Facebook’s F8 2017 conference in US, it allows users to find and browse bots, nearby places and businesses. The bots can be used by businesses as an engagement tool and send latest updates to their customers. The Discover tab will show on the lower right hand corner of the app’s homescreen.

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