WhatsApp will soon let you say your status.
The new status update feature is nested within a batch of upcoming WhatsApp features.according to WABeta information (opens in a new tab), the company is developing 10 new tools. Most are currently available through beta versions of the Android app, and one is exclusive to iOS devices.
On Android, WhatsApp is currently testing Voice Status Update (opens in a new tab) Allow users to record and share voice notes as status instead of plain text. You’ll have a maximum of 30 seconds of recording time, and if you don’t like what you hear, you can throw a status before recording another update. Notes are confirmed to be end-to-end encrypted, “ensuring that only those with your chosen privacy settings can hear them.” They also disappear automatically after 24 hours, or you can delete them yourself at any time.
However, there are limitations in the current version of voice status updates. Not everyone who downloaded the beta app had the opportunity to log the update, as it was only available to a select few. Additionally, other users will need to have the beta installed on their phones to listen.
Improve chat transmission
Next, the development team is working on Improved chat transmission (opens in a new tab) The ability to securely transfer chat history to a new Android device without using Google Drive; effectively cutting out the middleman.The way the migration works is you need to open the chat transfer tool on the old phone first, then Scan QR code (opens in a new tab) On the new device’s copy of WhatsApp. According to WABetaInfo, this appears to be exclusive to Android phones, with an iOS version “not currently planned.”
The last notable Android change is the new shortcut blocking feature.one will make you block a person in the chat list (opens in a new tab) No need to open the entire conversation, while another allows the user to block contacts in notification (opens in a new tab). Note that the latter feature will only appear if you receive a message from an unknown source. That way, you won’t accidentally block someone you know.
Exclusively for iPhone
For iOS, WhatsApp is adding Labels for in-app cameras (opens in a new tab) So you can switch instantly between taking a photo or shooting a video without having to hold down an on-screen button. It is not known whether the video mode will continue recording or stop recording after switching to photo mode. Hopefully it’s the former, because it would be disappointing if the recording stopped after the switch.
Unfortunately, iOS Beta Program (opens in a new tab) WhatsApp is full, so any interested new iPhone users won’t be able to try out the upcoming camera mode.However, the latest Android beta still has room for testers to pass google store (opens in a new tab). The official release date for everything is still unknown.
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