WhatsApp users should update NOW as iPhone upgrade aims to keep it ahead of new rival

WhatsApp users can now download the latest update on their Android and Apple devices which includes a host of new features.

The Facebook-owned messaging app now lets its army of loyal fans send documents of any type during chats.

Previously, files that could be sent via WhatsApp were limited to standard PDF documents, but file size is now the only limitation.

WhatsApp says documents of up to 100MB can now be sent which should easily be enough for the average user.

Other new features include the ability to pin chats to the top of chat lists and multiple photos can now be forwarded quickly and deleted all at once.

Along with these official upgrades it’s also thought that more new features could be launching soon including the option to send and play YouTube videos within the app.

WhatsApp is still the world’s most popular messaging app and these new additions could come at a vital time as rumours are rife that it’s about to get some serious competition from Amazon.

The online retail giant is thought to be planning a rival messaging service which could arrive on devices as early as the end of this year.

Rumoured to be called Anytime, the app will allow users to chat without the need for a phone number.

Instead, it will use Amazon account details to sign in and chat.

Video and voice calls could also be included as well as the ability to add effects and filters to photos before being sent.

The messaging market is not an easy area to crack with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Allo and Apple’s Messages all having a loyal fan base.

However, one area where Amazon could beat its rivals is with an ad-free service.

Facebook – having previously made smartphone users install the separate Messenger app to use the service – are set to start pushing adverts on them soon.

The social network giant has said they are testing advertising on the Facebook Messenger app, which has 1.2billion monthly users across mobile devices like the iPhone and Android smartphones.

The news will raise questions about whether this indicates .

WhatsApp is the only one out of Facebook’s four platforms that does not feature adverts.

Facebook and Instagram already do and Facebook Messenger has begun testing the water with it.

The social networking giant said they has begun testing advertising on its Messenger app globally.

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