WhatsApp news of the week: channels released in Singapore and Colombia


If you missed our stories this week about the latest updates to WhatsApp beta for Android, iOS, and Desktop, this is a good time to catch up thanks to our summary. Among the 11 stories we shared, the best news of the week is about channels, a new feature available to some users in Singapore and Colombia!


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  1. With the WhatsApp for iOS 23.10.77 update, WhatsApp is releasing a feature to add a call link to the calendar app that works like a reminder, so the user won’t forget that they have generated a link for a WhatsApp call.
  2. After installing the WhatsApp beta for iOS 23.11.76 update, some community admins can now mention their groups within the community announcement group.
  3. In the article about the WhatsApp beta for iOS 23.11.78 update, we announced that a new interface for the group settings screen was available. In addition, a new “Add Other Participants” option is available.
  4. WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to send HD Photos on WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS. When sending photos by using this feature, image dimensions are preserved (even if there may be some limitations), but light compression is still applied to the image.
  5. The WhatsApp beta for iOS update allows some beta testers to experiment with a redesigned sticker and GIF picker.
  6. Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp announced channels, a new way to share updates with a certain audience. This feature is limited to users in Singapore and Colombia and it will be released to users in different countries soon. In our opinion, this is the best news of the week:

  1. Thanks to the WhatsApp beta for Android update, we discovered that WhatsApp is working on redesigned floating action buttons, and they will be available in a future update of the app.
  2. After installing the WhatsApp beta for Android update, WhatsApp was releasing a redesigned emoji keyboard, aimed at improving the user experience.
  3. Unfortunately, the redesigned emoji keyboard was revoked so users were unable to experiment with the new experience while using the keyboard. However, the redesigned emoji keyboard is back to some lucky beta testers after installing the WhatsApp beta for Android update.
  4. WhatsApp beta for Windows gets a crop tool, bringing an additional feature to the drawing editor.
  5. WhatsApp experienced outages with connecting the server.

Stay tuned with us to discover new features and updates about WhatsApp, coming your way next week!

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