After opening the first official public beta program, WhatsApp is already starting to test new features, that will be available in future for any user having the AppStore version.
In particular, WhatsApp has recently submitted a new beta update through the TestFlight program, bringing the version up to 188.8.131.52.
Let’s discuss about the news now!
- The new UI improvements for Group calls are available for the 184.108.40.206 IOS beta.
- They are not available for Android yet. They will be available in future.
- Read below to discover if the feature is already enabled for you.
- Fixed an issue where opening a chat may unintentionally trigger haptic feedback.
- Fixed an issue where GIFs may stop playing unexpectedly.
- Fixed some issued when downloading Stickers Packs and sending Stickers.
- Fixed a bug when you are added or dismissed as an Admin in a group.
- Fixed some localization issues when chatting with businesses.
- Fixed some issues when searching for chats, contacts, and messages.
- If you experience any bug, you should report it directly to WhatsApp. Open WhatsApp Settings > Help > Contact Us and type a short description of the bug (including some screenshots if necessary).
NEW UI IMPROVEMENTS FOR GROUP CALLS
Since today, WhatsApp is rolling out the new UI improvements for the Group calls feature, for any IOS user having the beta version installed.
Thanks to these improvements, you will see a new Group call button in your group chats, that’s the best way to check if the feature is already available for you:
When tapped, WhatsApp will present in a sheet a list of all possible participants you can start a call with.
Note that, un this list, only participants in your address book will be visible:
Seen that only 4 participants can be in a group call, you can only select 3 participants.
If you try to select more than 3 participants, WhatsApp will present you an alert:
In the precedent versions, you could start a group call just after a normal call, that was very annoying (start a normal call, after the response of the recipient you needed to add the other contacts in the call): thanks to these new improvements, you can directly start a real group call easily, choosing between the voice or video mode!
The 2.18.110 update will be available in the next weeks on the App Store, bringing some improvements.
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