WhatsApp has released two new features for Android users of its new 2.12.535 update, which was released earlier this month. Those using the new update can format text – i.e. make it bold or italicize it – as well as share documents saved in their Google Drives.
In order to bold or italicize any text, put asterisk marks (*) and underscores (_) before and after it, respectively. For example:
However, the text appears bold or italicized to recipients only if they also have the WhatsApp version 2.12.535 installed on their phones. Otherwise the text in the example above appears like *hi* _How’s it going_.
Since this version of WhatsApp has not been made available on Google Play Store yet, most users would not be able to use the text formatting feature yet.