WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 184.108.40.206.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to suggest new community groups, and it is available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Suggest groups|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get the same feature by installing the previous 18.104.22.168 update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some beta testers, and it’s rolling out to more users over the coming weeks.|
|Thanks:||FastenM and TestingApp199, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp is releasing a forwarding message feature for channels!|
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 update, we announced a new feature for communities: pending groups. With this feature, everyone can recommend new groups to add to communities, giving community members the opportunity to enrich the community with new groups with similar interests. When we announced this feature in the previous article, this was under development, so it means it was not ready for beta testing. However, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update from the Google Play Store, some community members may be able to experiment with this feature!
As you can see in this screenshot, a new section will be available for community administrators, where all the groups suggested by community members will be listed. To suggest a group, community members simply need to open the community screen displaying all its groups and can add a new group using the designated button. Those groups have to receive approval from admins before being added to the community.
In our opinion, this feature is designed to help community admins make their groups even better by allowing community members to work together. Once a suggestion for a new group is approved, the group gets automatically included in the community, and its members become part of the community too. This way, community admins can easily make their communities larger thanks to new groups. However, it’s important to note that new community members will have the choice to decide which other community groups they’d like to join since this process isn’t automatic.
The pending groups feature for communities is available to some beta testers that install the latest updates of WhatsApp beta for Android, and it’s rolling out to even more people over the coming weeks.
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