WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 188.8.131.52.
What’s new in this update? It brings news about adding groups to a community, for a future update.
|Name of the feature?||Add groups – Communities|
|Availability?||WhatsApp is planning to release this feature in a future update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t see this feature. Why?||Since this feature is under development, it’s not available to beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 22.1.72: what’s new?|
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 update, we explained that WhatsApp is working on the ability to link existing groups to communities, a new private place on WhatsApp available in a future update. Instead, in this update, we found other new references about the feature that allows adding groups to the community:
As you can see in this screenshot, this section is very similar to the one we published in the article about the WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 220.127.116.11 update, where there is a mysterious new group called “Announcement”. There is no information about this group, that is automatically created by WhatsApp when you create a community, so… what is this group? Is it used by community admins to send messages that are automatically forwarded to all groups linked to the community, or it is a place where everyone, except group admins, has read-only access? We need to wait for new updates to discover its real purpose.
Since this feature is under development, you cannot create communities right now, but it will be possible in a future update. More information will be available when the next updates are released.
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