WhatsApp beta for Android what’s new?


WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature that gives more priority to the push name over the phone number within chat bubbles, to some beta testers!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Push name priority
Status? Rolling out
Compatibility? WhatsApp beta for Android is marked as a compatible update but some lucky beta testers may be able to use the same feature after installing the previous beta build.
I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why? WhatsApp is rolling out this feature to some beta testers. If it is not available for your WhatsApp account, please wait for a future update.
Thanks: Sc, Hypogriff, raracalma, GoldenPizza, Besaide, and Lu1s_11, for testing and reporting.
Previous news? WhatsApp beta for iOS what’s new? WhatsApp is releasing the ability to search for messages by date!

After promoting a version of WhatsApp compatible with tablets by using an in-app banner, WhatsApp is now releasing another minor feature. In particular, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Play Store, some beta testers may notice some changes in their group chats:

As you can see in this screenshot, the push name replaces the phone number within the chat bubble for unknown contacts and the phone number takes its place as the secondary label. Thanks to this change, WhatsApp is now assigning more priority to the push name that’s immediately visible as the first label of the chat bubble so it is even easier to recognize messages from unknown contacts within your group chats.

The changes about the priority of the push name over the phone number have been released to some beta testers and they are rolling out to more users over the coming days.

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