WhatsApp has reintroduced a feature in its latest beta release for Android that enhances group chats. The messaging app now displays profile icons next to messages in group conversations, making it easier to identify senders. This feature, initially tested last year and briefly rolled out to beta users before being disabled, is now available in version 188.8.131.52 of WhatsApp beta for Android.
Visual Improvements on Android: Material You-Style Toggles and Redesigned Emoji Keyboard
In addition to the profile icon feature, WhatsApp is working on visual enhancements for its Android app. One notable improvement is the inclusion of Material You-style toggles in the app's settings, replacing the previous slim toggles with thicker switches featuring a green accent. These new toggles align with Google's Material Design 3 guidelines, providing a clear visual indication of enabled settings.
Furthermore, WhatsApp is developing a redesigned emoji keyboard. The upcoming design relocates the three buttons for switching between GIFs, stickers, and the emoji keyboard to the top of the keyboard section. This change aims to streamline the user experience and make it more intuitive to access different types of multimedia.
Updates Tab Arrives for iOS Beta Testers
WhatsApp has introduced the first version of its Updates tab for iOS beta testers. The feature, spotted on version 184.108.40.206 of WhatsApp beta for iOS, is still in development and is expected to replace the current Status tab. The Updates tab will offer users access to both Channels and Status, and WhatsApp is reportedly working on a broadcast-like feature that enables one-way communication with Channel subscribers
WhatsApp continues to innovate and enhance its popular messaging app. With the reintroduction of profile icons in group chats for Android users, it becomes easier to identify senders in conversations. Additionally, visual improvements such as Material You-style toggles and a redesigned emoji keyboard contribute to an improved user experience. iOS beta testers can now explore the Updates tab, which aims to streamline access to Channels and Status. WhatsApp remains committed to providing a feature-rich and visually appealing messaging platform for its users.