WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.110: 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 2.20.110.
What’s new in these updates? Discover all details below!

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ATTENTION
  • The Expiring Messages feature is not available yet.
  • This feature is under development: it means that WhatsApp is working on this feature and there isn’t any release date available.
  • If you don’t see the update on the Play Store, please be patient until Google will roll out for you (probably according to WhatsApp preferences).
EXPIRING MESSAGES

We have recently talked about a new feature under development, used to automatically delete messages for both parties.
In this beta there are new details: let’s find out them together!
As you know, WhatsApp is used to frequently rename features before the release: in the past they changed multiple times the name for Revoke Messages (to Unsend Messages and finally Delete messages for everyone).
In the 2.20.110 the situation is being repeated: the first name was Disappearing Messages, renamed to Delete Messages and now it’s called Expiring Messages!

In groups, Expiring Messages will be only visible for administrators. As we explained in the 2.20.83 and 2.20.84 beta changelogs, the feature will be available for individual chats too.

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Finally new details: when the Expiring Messages is enabled in a specific chat, WhatsApp will show an indicator on the profile picture in the chats list:

To highlight the feature better, the same indicator will be available in the chat as well:

The feature is under development and it will be available in future. Stay tuned to discover more details in the next few updates!

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SUPPORT FOR MULTIPLE DEVICES

We have talked a lot of times that WhatsApp is currently working on a new feature that allows to use the same account on different devices at the same time: so you will be able to use your account on your main Android phone and tablet as well.
WhatsApp is giving a lot of priorities to this feature, bringing many improvements in every update. Being under development, these changes are not visible publicly.
When a contact adds his WhatsApp account on another device, the encryption key changes, and this event will be notified in the chat:

In this beta there are other improvements, showing different event messages:

This feature is under development and it will be available in future.

STATUS VIDEOS TO 15 SECONDS

Recently WhatsApp has rolled out for Indian users a new limit for posting videos in your status updates:

In this beta nothing changes and the limit was not removed. The limit was introduced to reduce the traffic on the server infrastructures, probably because WhatsApp was receiving too many status updates from Indian Users, and in order to keep the servers running smoothly, WhatsApp has decided to limit the duration of videos that can be forwarded to your Status.
This is a temporarily solution: 15 seconds isn’t a good duration but it is a compromise to keep the servers up and the old limit will be restored in future.
Note that some users might still be able to send status with a longer duration. The change should be rolled out for more Indian users soon.


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