The developers of WhatsApp have released another beta update for Android and users can download it from the Google Play store, but they must become testers and members of the Official Beta Channel. This update weighs 29.16 MB, with 1.5MB more than the previous WhatsApp 2.16.25, but there’s no change log for it. Most likely, the application has received some bug fixes and performance improvements.
Recently, WhatsApp has received end-to-end encryption for messages and voice calls, a feature that might get the application banned in India, because it uses 256-bit key for encryption and the government allows online services to use only up to 40-bit encryption. All 1 billion users consider this feature the best one ever introduced, and they trust WhatsApp even more because no one else will know what they’re talking about.
Most likely, the developers are thinking about bringing other new features in the near future, and they’ll work faster on implementing them, compared to the same period of last year. Now, WhatsApp is releasing new updates more often, even two or three times a day, but they’re in beta phase and they will be tested until they will be ready to be released for the stable version. Currently, users are able to quick reply from the notification tray and messages appear as standalone texts; they can format text in bold, italics or strikethrough.
Another feature that will come to the stable version is multiple selection, which will be activated by pressing and holding on multiple contacts’ profile pictures on contacts or chats. This way, users will archive or delete chats.
Users will also see quick contact options which include options for View Contact, Delete Chat or Archive Chat, they will easily create new broadcasts and groups by pressing or selecting on contacts’ profile images, and they will change the background color, having 27 options to choose from.