WhatsApp has been spotted testing new features in its beta build for Android. With this feature, WhatsApp is bringing changes to its shared Media section withing group or individual chats. The feature is introducing new ways to see shared media in a chat along with a new overflow menu for setting the media as a profile photo, group icon or wallpaper. The feature is also introducing a new rotate option.
The changes seem to be coming in order to make the UI cleaner and simple.
Whatsapp was recently spotted adding 21 new emoji to its beta build and before that the Facebook-owned messaging app was spotted rolling out a group call shortcut option to users with stable build. However, it is not clear when these features will make their way to the stable version of WhatsApp available on Play Store.
Starting with the new shared ‘Media’ option, the WhatsApp beta build tracker WABetainfo reported that WhatsApp for Android beta v2.19.18 renewed the options users see in the media section of individual or group chats. When browsing through the photos and videos on the shared media, users will have new options tapping on the three-dot menu button. These options are ‘Show in Chat’, ‘Set as…’ and ‘Rotate’. The first option lets users see where a particular photo or video was shared in the chat. While the ‘Set as’ option lets users set a particular image as their profile picture, group icon or wallpaper. Lastly, the ‘Rotate’ option, which is not new although it excludes the rotate left and rotate right options, will help users rotate an image to their liking.
Earlier, there have been reports about the messaging app adding new features such as built-in fingerprint authentication which will allow users to lock their WhatsApp without having to rely on a third-party app. One of the other features that WhatsApp was spotted testing is a shortcut option for group calls.
Whatsapp is also reportedly going to bring a new dark mode which will let users apply dark aesthetics to the app in order to save battery.