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WhatsApp introduces new features for Android, including muting unknown callers and a bottom navigation bar


WhatsApp is preparing to introduce a host of new features through new updates for Android devices. Some of these features are currently only available to a select group of beta testers, while others have already been rolled out globally. New features include the ability to mute calls from unknown numbers, a redesigned user interface with a bottom navigation bar, the ability to create polls with one voice, and more.

In addition, the instant messaging giant is testing a feature for Android similar to WhatsApp for iOS, with icons in a bottom navigation bar.

The instant messaging platform has reportedly made progress with its feature to mute calls from unknown numbers, which was first reported in March. According to a recent update from WABetaInfo, the feature has been introduced in the WhatsApp beta for Android update.

With this new feature, beta testers can now put unknown callers on silent mode via a switch in the Settings > Privacy menu. This allows users to mute calls from phone numbers that may contain spam. However, these calls will still appear in the Calls & Notifications tab. Interested users can access the feature by downloading the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store.

A new update to the WhatsApp beta for Android, version, features a redesigned user interface with a bottom navigation bar reminiscent of WhatsApp for iOS. This change allows Android users to quickly switch between different tabs within the app. While the new interface is currently available to a limited group of beta testers, it is expected to become available to a wider audience in the near future.

Reports suggest that Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, is testing this feature to improve the overall user experience of the app.

WhatsApp recently announced several new features, including the ability to create polls with one vote, search for polls in chats using filters, and receive notifications when people vote on polls.

According to a Meta blog post, these updates to the polls feature will make it easier for users to collect data and make decisions. The single-vote polls feature prevents users from changing their answers after they cast their vote. In addition, finding specific polls is made easier through the use of search filters, similar to searching for images and videos. Finally, users can choose to receive notifications when others vote on a poll to track the results in real time.

In addition, WhatsApp has introduced new features that allow users to forward media with available captions and add captions to documents when sharing. Users can now add captions to documents such as newspaper articles or work documents before sharing. These updates are rolling out globally and will be available to all users in the coming weeks. With these improvements, WhatsApp aims to improve the user experience by making it easier to share media and documents and provide context.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.