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 working on a feature to introduce channels, and it will be available in a future update of the app!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Channels
Status? Under development
Availability? WhatsApp is working on bringing channels to a future update of the app.
I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why? This feature is under development so it is not ready to be released to beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.
Previous news? Google confirms bug in Android system that incorrectly displays WhatsApp privacy indicators!


In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android update, we announced that WhatsApp is working on channels, a new one-to-many tool for broadcasting information. With this feature, users will be able to easily receive useful updates from other people they want to get news from. WhatsApp is continuing to work on its channels feature to ensure that users have the best possible experience when it will be released. In particular, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update released on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is working on an introduction for channels, available in a future update of the app:

As you can see in this screenshot, the Status tab will be renamed into “Updates”, the home for Status and Channels. Thanks to channels, you can stay updated on topics you matter more about, and the ones you follow will appear in this section of the app. When creating a channel, your privacy is always protected as channel followers cannot see your name, phone number, profile photo, and about, making channels a new private place.

With channels, you can share updates that matter to a certain audience, and you can connect with unlimited followers to share news, events, and more.
However, note that while the app indicates that a channel can have an unlimited number of followers, we cannot guarantee that there is no predetermined limit. For example, there could be a possible limit of one million, which may create the impression of unlimited capacity, but this is purely speculative. We will have to wait and see what happens when the channels are released.

The ability to create channels is under development and it will be released to beta testers in a future update of the app. As always, we will post an additional article when we have further information to share with you.

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