A new version of WeChat was released on the app store yesterday (18th of October) for iOS: WeChat 6.3.5. This version has several new features. Group video calls are now available for iOS! (they have been available on Android through the 6.5 Beta release for a month already). There are also several important changes that help with managing groups.
Full list of changes in the iOS 6.3.5 release:
- Skype Style Group Video and Voice Calls
- Group Leaders Can Transfer Ownership Of Their Groups
- Group Leaders Can Send Group Notices
- Group Leaders Can Batch Delete Followers
- The Way Which Group Members Are Displayed is Changed
- The WeRun WeChat Service Has Several Changes
- Send Small Tips to WeChat Sticker Artists to Show Thanks
Skype Style Group Video and Voice Calls
The biggest change. Tapping Video call now brings up a list of group members from which you can select multiple friends to join you in a group video or voice call.
Group Leaders Can Transfer Ownership Of Their Groups
A new option is available to group leaders to transfer their ownership of a group to any other member. This solves an obvious problem of what happens when a group leader can no longer manage a group.
Group Leaders Can Send Group Notices
A very useful new feature. Group leaders can now set a ‘Group Notice’ which will be sent to everyone in the group. The limit for this group notice is 1500 characters. This message @
Group notices appears in a group members’ timeline in red (it’s the same as using @ to everyone in the group).
Group Leaders Can Batch Delete Followers
The new way of deleting group members is slightly more convenient than before. A small optimization.
The Way Which Group Members Display is Changed
Only the first 10 rows of group members are now displayed. To see a full list of everyone in the group select ‘All members’.
The WeRun WeChat Service Has Several Changes
WeRun is the WeChat official account for those with fitness tracking devices. The account allows you to compare your daily activity with your friends on WeChat. Several changes have been made to this account, the biggest of which is a chart to track your daily activity over the past week.
Send Small Tips to WeChat Sticker Artists to Show Thanks
The WeChat Sticker Marketplace has expanded rapidly in recent months. Anyone can now submit their own self designed stickers for approval by WeChat to appear in the Marketplace. If you want to thank an artist for their creative efforts you can now send them a small amount of money to display your gratitude.