WhatsApp Releases Privacy Features, a New UI for the Bottom Navigation Bar, and Other Updates


According to reports, WhatsApp intends to update its Android software with a number of new features.

The option to block unknown callers, a new user interface with a bottom navigation bar, the creation of single-vote polls, and other innovations are among them. While some of these improvements have only been made available to a small number of beta testers, other changes have already begun to roll out internationally. By putting the icons in a bottom navigation bar, the instant messaging service is testing a feature for Android apps that is similar to WhatsApp for iOS.

In March of this year, it was revealed that WhatsApp was developing a function to stop unauthorized callers by mutting their calls. Now, it appears that the business has made some progress with the feature.

This feature was added to the app in the WhatsApp beta for Android upgrade, according to a WABetaInfo report. This enables app beta testers to block incoming calls from unknown numbers. Within Settings > Privacy, you can adjust the silent mode setting for incoming calls from unknown numbers. Calls from potentially spam phone numbers can be muted if the user toggles on this feature. These calls will however continue to appear in the notification page and the Calls log. Users can download the most recent WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store to utilize the feature.

The WhatsApp beta for Android upgrade, meanwhile, features a new user interface that gives Android users a bottom navigation bar reminiscent to the iPhone.

The messaging service, which is owned by Meta, is reportedly testing a new app UI with a bottom navigation bar that will be similar to WhatsApp for iOS and allow users to quickly move between tabs. Only a few beta testers have access to it for now, but more users will eventually be able to use it.

Additional capabilities for WhatsApp include the ability to create single-vote polls, use filters to search for polls in chats, and receive notifications when people vote on polls. The new poll modifications, according to a blog post by Meta, will make it easier for users to gather information and make judgments.

Users who have already cast their vote on a poll using a single-vote option cannot amend it. In the meanwhile, looking for certain polls using a filter will be as simple as searching for photographs or videos. Additionally, a user can choose to receive notifications each time someone votes in the poll so they can easily track the results.

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Additionally, WhatsApp users will be able to share documents with captions already included or forward media with captions already present. Before sharing a document, users can also add a caption to it if it is a working document or a newspaper story. In the upcoming weeks, all users will be able to access the features, which are now rolling out globally.

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