WhatsApp beta for Android 2.17.381: what’s new?

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WhatsApp submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program: the version is 2.17.381.
But what features WhatsApp added in this update?
Let’s find out together ..



After implementing the Live Location feature also in groups, and the possibility to have group voice calls, WhatsApp is thinking to improve the group management.
Actually, their first step is to block the possibility to other administrators to remove the group creator from a group. This small feature should improve a bit the group management, seen that we know that groups in WhatsApp are very limited at present (did you ever see a group creator deleted from a new admin?).
We are sure that WhatsApp is preparing something else and they have big plans for groups (this is the same situation happened to evolve Status), that should be available in future updates. We know how much important groups are for all users, so we will have even more attention to it and we will immediately notify you about this evolution.
Note that this and all other upcoming group improvements are disabled by default. This means you will be able to use this feature only when WhatsApp will enable it for all users.


Recently, WhatsApp has added their own emojis.

Many users, especially under our tweets, have complained about the design for some ones.


Fortunately, WhatsApp has listened all feedback, bringing some changes for some emojis:


This beta update (and for some aspects also the 2.17.378 version) has a lot of improvements about Payments.
We discovered that it will be possible to send a payment using the action sheet (deleting the old Camera shortcut), as shown below:

It will be possible to configure your Payments data in WhatsApp Settings.


Payments aren’t available yet. This is a feature that will be available in future.


When the Business updates its info and you have it in your Contacts, you may check its schedules, if they are configured:

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