WhatsApp news of the week: notifications and communities

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What happened this week? If you didn’t have time to read our stories posted this week about the recent updates of WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS, this is the right time to do it thanks to our summary. The best news of the week is about notifications.


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This has been the first week of the year in which WhatsApp has released new updates and features. iOS users were luckier than Android people because WhatsApp has rolled out profile pictures in push notifications, supporting the first API on iOS 15.
This feature is available to some beta testers that use the latest version of WhatsApp beta for iOS 15, and this is probably the best news of the week. In addition, thanks to this new integration, WhatsApp also supports focus mode on iOS 15:

There is more about notifications: WhatsApp has also rolled out information in notifications when people mention or reply to your messages in group chats, for iOS beta testers.
WhatsApp also uses a new version-format for their updates on TestFlight and App Store, removing the first digit from the build number. In the same update, we understood that WhatsApp is also planning to remove the Broadcast Lists and New Group buttons from the chat list, moving them to another part of the app at a later date.

About Android, new updates have been released bringing bug fixes and general improvements, but we have also noticed new hidden references about communities, a new place where to link up to 10 groups at once, available in a future update, in particular a new mysterious group.
In the end, advanced search filters are also available for business accounts on WhatsApp Business beta for Android and iOS, so they can filter search results using new options.
Stay tuned for more WhatsApp news and updates coming the next week!

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