WhatsApp is enabling multiple features for Android Beta users. This includes the useful “Always Mute” feature, the new “Storage Usage” UI and its tools, and another feature called “Media Guide”. The instant messaging platform has released a beta version of WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 for Android, and it has also been found that the video and voice call buttons for corporate accounts have disappeared. The new feature has been enabled in the latest Beta, but the waiting time for some people may be longer.
WABetaInfo dug into the latest WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 Beta for Android, and found some new features in the test. Perhaps the most exciting is the “Always Mute” feature, which essentially replaces the “1 year” option that was previously available when muting chats. The new option is self-explanatory, allowing users to mute several groups or others indefinitely. We can find this feature in the latest Beta. WABetaInfo states that if it is not displayed immediately, it should be enabled within a few days.
This update also enables the new Storage Usage UI for Beta users. The tracker pointed out that the launch started in the past Beta version, but the launch speed was slow at the time and not many people accepted the redesign. According to reports, with the release of the Android version of WhatsApp 184.108.40.206 Beta, some users are using this feature. We still haven’t received any news about the redesign, but it should be enabled for all users in a few days.
In addition, the media guide has also been activated for public beta testing. It has been reported that it has been around for a while, and the feature essentially allows users to align stickers and text when editing images, videos, and GIFs. We have not enabled this feature, but it should be available soon.
Finally, the tracker found that WhatsApp was hiding the “voice” and “video call” buttons when chatting with the “verified business” account. These buttons also seem to disappear from the “contact information”. If you click the profile icon in the chat and contact lists, these buttons are still available. It is not clear why WhatsApp hides these chats. This is most likely just a test, and WhatsApp can reintroduce it in a future update.
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