WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 220.127.116.11.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to view status updates from the conversation screen, and it’s available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Status updates – conversation screen|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 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’s rolling out to more people over the coming weeks.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out a marketing messages feature!|
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update, we announced a feature to view status updates from the chat list. This enhancement allows WhatsApp to better highlight status updates within the chat list, eliminating the necessity to open the Updates tab for viewing them. After installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update, which is available on the Google Play Store, WhatsApp is extending this feature by introducing some improvements.
As you can see in this screenshot, status updates can also be visible in the conversation screen as the status ring now appears around the profile photo within the top app bar, making this feature even more convenient for users. This means that you can also quickly catch up status updates from your contacts when opening the conversation with them. This definitely enhances the overall user experience by minimizing the need to navigate between tabs, improving the process of staying connected with your contacts by viewing their status updates even from the conversation screen.
In our opinion, users can better engage with status updates without interrupting their ongoing conversations thanks to the integration of status updates into the conversation screen. This integration is similar to Instagram Stories, that allow users to view stories within their conversations without the need to switch between tabs or screens. We think that this reduced navigation not only enhances efficiency but also contributes to a more user-friendly experience. It’s very important to note that if you choose to mute status updates from a particular contact, you won’t see them when you open the conversation with that contact.
The feature to view status updates from the conversation screen is available to some beta testers who install the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store, and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming weeks.
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