WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.204+: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.18.206.
But what features has WhatsApp added in this update?
Let’s find out together the news ..

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ATTENTION:

  • The Suspicious Link Detection feature is not available yet.
    WhatsApp is working on this feature from the 2.18.204 beta version, adding new improvements in the next updates. It’s not available yet for development reasons and the feature needs to get many other improvements before to be enabled for everyone.
    For this reason, it’s ok if you have updated your WhatsApp version and it’s not working for you seen that the feature is under development.
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SUSPICIOUS LINK DETECTION

WhatsApp is finally working on a new feature that should restrict the spam phenomenon, something that exists since years and, unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to limit.
The feature is called Suspicious Link Detection and, as the name suggests, it will help the user to detect sent and received suspicious links in WhatsApp!

When you receive a message that contains a link, WhatsApp analyzes the link in order to detect if it may redirect to a fake or alternative website.
When WhatsApp detects a suspicious link, the message is marked with a red label, indicating to you the presence of it:

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If you decide to open the link, WhatsApp will alert you again that you’re trying to open a possible suspicious link:

Every time WhatsApp analyzes a link you shared/received in order to find unusual characters, this happens locally: no data are sent to WhatsApp servers in order to detect suspicious links.
WhatsApp is continuing to improve the feature and we expect to see many other improvements in next versions, for example a feature that allows to manually report a suspicious link if WhatsApp isn’t able to detect one.


Let us know on Twitter if you like this feature and read our next announcements on our Telegram Channel!
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