WhatsApp beta for Android 2.17.443: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has finally submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program: the version is 2.17.443.
But what features has WhatsApp added and removed in this update?
Let’s find out together what is that ..


WhatsApp has removed in this update an option that exists since many years on Android: the Show all Contacts option, that allowed to also show in the contacts list your hidden contacts.

We don’t know if this is a bug (also if we exclude this possibility), but actually the official WhatsApp FAQ about Finding Contacts still reports the Show all Contacts option.


WhatsApp is working since many months to implement stickers in the application.
We have already shown you a preview of a sticker sent in the chat for the iOS app in this post, understanding that WhatsApp will use Facebook stickers and finally today WhatsApp has also added something about stickers in the Android app.

Analyzing this screenshot, I can personally understand that WhatsApp is going to group stickers, so there will be some tabs next to the GIF one (lol, love, sad and wow reactions) and probably we won’t find all them in the same section.
We will update you about the development.


We have published some rumors about the possibility to see group calls in WhatsApp in precedent posts, spotted here for group voice calls and here for group video calls publishing many clues found in the iOS and Android app.
Today, in the 2.17.443 update, we can see a new strong clue about this implementation.
In fact, WhatsApp has added a hidden string in this update, precisely: Couldn’t switch between voice and video call because this feature isn’t available in group call.
Probably this is strongest evidence for you :D.


We are investigating more about Stickers and we are finally able to show you where the main Sticker tab will be located on Android in future:

You can also notice in this screenshot a new layout for the GIF button, already visible for you.

And we found a secret option (will be available in future for group admins only), that will allow to open a section where there will be the list of all administrators: so it will be easier to find an admin to demote or remove him from the group.

Other posts you would like to read:

WhatsApp to improve the user experience in groups.
First Verified Business Accounts appear in WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is testing more options for image compression.
WhatsApp to support Stickers like Instagram.
WhatsApp will support YouTube in the app.