According to reports, WhatsApp intends to upgrade its Android software with a number of new features.
The option to block unknown callers, a redesigned 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 displaying 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 functionality was added to the app in the WhatsApp beta for the Android 220.127.116.11 upgrade, according to a WABetaInfo report.
This enables app beta testers to block incoming calls from unknown numbers. Within Settings > Privacy, you may adjust the quiet mode setting for incoming calls from unknown numbers. Calls from possibly spam phone numbers can be muted if the user toggles on this feature.
These calls will however continue to appear on the notification page and the Calls log. Users may download the most recent WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update from the Google Play Store to utilize the functionality.
The WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 upgrade, meanwhile, features a new user interface that gives Android users a bottom navigation bar reminiscent of 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 utilize it.
Additional capabilities for WhatsApp include the ability to create single-vote polls, use filters to search for polls in conversations, and receive alerts when people vote on polls.
The new poll modifications, according to a blog post by Meta, will make it easier for users to acquire 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 may choose to get alerts each time someone votes in the poll so they can easily track the results.
Additionally, WhatsApp users will be able to share documents with captions already included or transmit media with captions already present. Before sharing a document, users may 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 use the features, which are now rolling out internationally.