WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.117: 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 2.20.117.
What’s new in these updates? Discover all details below!

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ATTENTION
  • The Protect Backup And Advanced Search features are not available yet.
  • Those features are under development: it means that WhatsApp is working on them 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).
BUG FIXES

This update fixes a critical bug that caused the app to crash. WhatsApp crashed because there was a missing library called libcurve25519.so. WhatsApp couldn’t find this dependency and it crashed (thanks @Alex193a for this important report).

ADVANCED SEARCH MESSAGES

In the WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.20.30.25 WhatsApp has enabled the Advanced Search Mode feature, that allows to quickly find any type of media easily.
In this new 2.20.117 beta, WhatsApp started to work on the same feature for Android. It’s still under development but we’re able to show you how the filter will appear!

This feature will be available in a future update.

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PROTECT BACKUP

We talked about the possibility fo protect your backup on Google Drive, using a passcode, in the 2.20.73 beta update. The feature is still under development, but in this update WhatsApp has introduced the field where to paste your password.

The password is not saved in WhatsApp or Facebook servers, so if you will lose the password you cannot recover your chat history from the backup.
The feature will be available in future.

NEW AUTO-DOWNLOAD RULES

Actually you can configure auto-download settings in WhatsApp Settings > Chats Settings, but WhatsApp is silently introducing a new rule that will be always enabled by default in the next updates: frequently forwarded images, videos, documents and voice messages will be never automatically downloaded from WhatsApp!
This feature is still under development and when it’s ready I’m going to post an announcement: stay tuned!

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