WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 18.104.22.168.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to mention groups within the community announcement group, and it is available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Group mention|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 is marked as a compatible update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some beta testers, and it is rolling out to more people over the coming days.|
|Thanks:||Swakshan, Sc, and Sniper, for testing and reporting.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199: what’s new? WhatsApp introduces a new feature that highlights missed call names in red within the calls tab!|
WhatsApp is continuously working on improving communities by adding new features. In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update, we announced that WhatsApp released a community navigation feature, a new organization system where groups that belong to a community are listed together under the same community within the chat list. Instead, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 update from the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to mention groups within the community announcement group:
As you can see in this screenshot, the community admin can now mention the groups belonging to the community in the community announcement group. This will allow the members to quickly identify groups mentioned by the community admin, making it easier for them to join the relevant groups of their interest. In our opinion, this feature will offer community admins a way to let people know about specific groups in the community and it provides community admins with a feature to highlight them.
Note that, as mentioned in the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update, WhatsApp was also rolling out a feature that helps users better navigate communities through the list of their groups by introducing a button right within the conversation header, and it is an additional tool for the community admin to add new groups to the community. After installing the WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, we can confirm that this feature is widely rolling out to more users.
The ability to mention groups within the community announcement group is available to some beta testers that install the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store, and it is rolling out to more users over the coming days.
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