WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 22.214.171.124.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a redesigned keyboard and community settings, available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Redesigned keyboard – community settings|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get these features by installing the previous 188.8.131.52 build.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have these features. Why?||These features are available to some beta testers, and they are rolling out to even more users over the coming weeks.|
|Thanks:||Narendra, Sc, FastenM, Sniper, Hamada, Technical MJ TV, Time2Live, Leon, bonkand, tornetto10, Fernannd07, Sougata Nandy, and all other people on Twitter, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Windows gets a crop tool for the drawing editor!|
KEYBOARD AND COMMUNITY
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 update, we announced that a redesigned keyboard was under development. Thanks to this feature, WhatsApp users will experiment with an improved keyboard experience. Various interface elements have been redesigned and repositioned, allowing users to scroll the keyboard upward and view the emoji list in full-screen. Finally, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update from the Google Play Store, some users may be able to get this feature!
As you can see in this screenshot, you need to open a chat to verify if this feature is enabled for your account. If the new keyboard shows up, you can already start taking advantage of the new keyboard experience. Certain beta testers may also notice a rearrangement of the media sharing and emoji keyboard buttons, but this is currently limited to a select group of users and is not yet available to everyone.
However, this is not the only new feature included in this update. In fact, some users may have access to a new section called “Community Settings”, which allows community admins to decide who can add groups to the community. This group setting is set to “Only community admins” by default but if you have reasons to believe that participants in your community should be able to add their own groups, you can modify this option at any time.
The redesigned keyboard and community settings are available to some beta testers that install the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store, and they will be released to more users over the coming weeks.
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