WhatsApp for Android may soon get new features, including Admin Settings and shake to report

WhatsApp is beta testing a host of new features for its Android app, which might or might not be added to the final version. Still, it rarely happens that a beta update that includes new features doesn't make it to the stable channel in some form.

That being said, here are some of the features that WhatsApp is now testing in the hope it will bring them to all Android users at some point. First off, there's a new option that will allow Android users to tap and hold to unblock a contact and send a message,

Also, WhatsApp plans to add the invite link shortcut that's already available in the iOS app to the Android version. It can be used to invite people to a group chat.

Then, there's a new “shake to report” feature that does exactly what you think it does. If this is enabled, you will be able to shake your smartphone to contact WhatsApp if you want to report issues with the app.

Finally, Admin Settings is a set of features that a chat admin is getting that will allow him/her to send messages to participants, edit group info and so on.

Keep in mind that while these features are already available in the beta, it's not unusual for some of them to not make it to the final build at all.

source: wabetainfo via NPU



1. Obádárà

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2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Still no support for direct replies from the notification which is the integral part of Nougat and Oreo. And Facebook is adding tons of features, which might be a good thing but it's making the app bulkier and complex than it should be. Speaking of Facebook, I used to hate Messenger but ever since I installed Messenger Lite via APK; I'm in love with it because of its simplicity, 'compactness' and the fact that even my iPhone buddies religiously use Messenger! Too bad, it's not secure... Lets hope they launch a 'Lite' version of What'sApp as well!

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