WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.74: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has recently submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.19.74.
Let’s find out together what is new ..

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
  • The In-App Browser feature is not available yet.
  • WhatsApp is working on the feature in this update in order to ensure the best bug-free experience for you before to enable it 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.
IN-APP BROWSER

Yes, it wasn’t one of our priorities, but finally WhatsApp is implementing an In-App Browser!
First hidden tracks are spotted in the 2.19.74 beta update. As shown in this screenshot, every time the user tries to open a link, WhatsApp will show the in-app browser.

In the current stage of development, WhatsApp doesn’t allow to natively make screenshots or video captures while using the in-app browser: reasons are unknown and I don’t know if this will change before the release of the feature.
WhatsApp is also able to detect when a requested page is not safe to visit using the Safe Browsering feature, officially supported by the WebView v66 (added the last year, Android 8.1).
It alerts the user when a page contains potentially malicious content (however it might generate false positives).
If you choose to use the In-App Browser (when it will be available in future) you should not worry if WhatsApp and/or Facebook are reading websites you are visiting: they cannot access to your search history because the In-App Browser uses an Android API, so everything is managed by the system.
The feature, as mentioned in my Important Notice, is not available yet and it will require Android 4.1 or newer.
I don’t know when WhatsApp is intentioned to enable this feature for everyone, but this is a great news that confirms their interest for the Android platform.

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