WhatsApp beta for Android what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to
What’s new in this update? Discover all details below!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Join Missed Calls, Biometric lock
Status? Under development
Availability? In a future build
When? Unknown release date
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this news, why? It’s not available yet, but you can see here a preview of the feature, for a future build.
Previous tracks? Discovered in this update.
News about iOS? iOS already supports Screen Lock using Touch ID and Face ID.

WhatsApp is working since a few months on a new feature that allows to quickly join calls in a certain situation. In particular, if someone between your contacts invites you to join a group call, and you aren’t able to join in that moment, you will be able to join the next time you open WhatsApp, if the call hasn’t been closed!

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



WhatsApp is working on new improvements for Fingerprint Lock, the feature that allows to protect WhatsApp with the fingerprint.
If your Android device hasn’t a fingerprint sensor but it has a Face recognition system, you cannot use Fingerprint Lock obviously, but WhatsApp is finally working to improve it with new features!
To discover what changes will be implemented, just check out this screenshot:

  • Fingerprint lock will be Biometric lock, because it will support more ways to authenticate your identity to open WhatsApp.
  • Face Recognition will be supported, if the device has a proper sensor.
  • Any other unique identifier will be also considered if the fingerprint or face recognition fail. Actually there is no way to open WhatsApp if the fingerprint sensor isn’t able to identify you, but more ways will be available from the OS in this case.

    • This is another feature currently under development and it will be available in a future update.


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