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 the ability to record video messages, available in a future update of the app!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Video messages
Status? Under development
Availability? WhatsApp is working on bringing the ability to record video messages to a future update.
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.
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In the article about the WhatsApp beta for iOS update, we announced a new feature under development: video messages. When this feature will be released, users can easily record and send short videos to send to their contacts by pressing the camera button. The feature is still in development and, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is finally working on implementing the same feature for a future update of the Android app!

As you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp is now working on the ability to record video messages, which will have a circular shape to distinguish them from regular videos. Probably, this section is not yet ready as it’s still in development (this explains why we see a weird white background view), but at least we can understand how the user interface will look during the recording of a video message.

The main difference between a video and a video message is that a video message is recorded and sent in real time, while a video can be pre-recorded and saved before being sent later. When a recipient receives a video message, they can tell that it was just recorded and it feels more personal and timely. Recording a video message definitely helps ensure the authenticity of the video.

Note that video messages will be end-to-end encrypted: this means only the recipients can see it, not even WhatsApp. In addition, it will be possible to record video messages for up to 60 seconds. Note that users cannot save and forward video messages but it is still possible to record them via screen recording as the video is not sent by using the view once mode.

The ability to send video messages is under development and it is planned to be released in a future update of WhatsApp. As always, we plan to keep you up to date by sharing an additional article on this website when we have further details about this feature.

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