WHATSAPP has pushed-out an update for
its hugely-successful messenger that
brings the ability to send text messages
with an entirely new font called FixedSys,
building on its previous update, which
included the ability to send bold, italics
and strikethrough text in your messages.
WhatsApp this week rolled-out a new
update to its iOS, Android and Web apps.
The Facebook-owned messaging app has
added the ability to send text messages in
a different font, dubbed FixedSys.
The iconic monospaced font is the oldest
font included with Microsoft Windows, and
was the font used across the operating
system in Windows 1.0 back in 1985.
And now you can use the font in your
WhatsApp messages.
The news comes as WhatsApp also
introduced the ability to embed a previous
text in your reply, like a Quote-Tweet on
Twitter, and forward content to other
conversations.
It’s not immediately obvious how to
access the new font since the app does
not highlight the ability to switch fonts.
Instead you will have to type three `
characters at the start and at the end of
the portion of text you would like to send
in FixedSys font.
For example, you could send “`Hey –
check out this new WhatsApp font I’ve
found“`
iPhone owners might struggle to take
advantage of the new feature since the `
character is tough to locate on the default
Apple iOS keyboard. You need to hit the
123 key in the corner of the keyboard and
then press and hold on the apostrophe to
find the grave accent.
On Android, you will find it on the second
page of punctuation and symbols.
WhatsApp has previously added the
ability to send bold, italics and
strikethrough text in your messages.
These options are accessed through
similar keyboard shortcuts.
• Bold: Add an asterisk (*) before and
after the specific words or phrases you
want to embolden e.g. *hello*
• Italics: Add an underscore (_) before
and after your chosen words or phrases
e.g. _hello_
• Strikethrough : Add a tilde (~) before
and after the words or phrases you want
to strike a line through e.g. ~hello~
As long as you have the latest version of
WhatsApp running on your smartphone,
the chosen word or phrase will embolden,
italicise or strikethrough after it has sent.
The news comes as WhatsApp announced
it would be dropping support for its
BlackBerry app
By the end of this year, the popular
messenger will no longer be available on
Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android
2.1 and Android 2.2 and Windows Phone
7.1.
Fortunately it is a good time of year to
upgrade your smartphone .
WhatsApp recently passed one billion
active users, making it the world’s most
popular messaging app .
When Facebook bought the app for a
whopping $19billlion (some £11.5
million) was taken over by Facebook in
2014 it had just 450 million.
With one billion active users, WhatsApp
now handles some 42 billion messages
and 250 million videos every day of the
week.
The popular cross-platform messenger
WhatsApp recently made it much easier
for users to get the latest features –
before anyone else.
The news comes after a report
claimed WhatsApp could be using up to
half of your monthly 4G allowance behind
your back .

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