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A month ago, there were some reports suggesting that WhatsApp is planning to introduce group invite links, as there were translation strings sent to users all over the world who try their best to accurately translate to their languages. In the latest 2.16.102 beta update, users noticed the new feature that allows them to create a link to join a group, and share it via other applications. Also, they have the option to print it as a QR code.

If you’ve downloaded the latest beta version (2.16.102) from the Google Play store, you’ve noticed that the public group invite feature is live. How does this functionality work? Well, when you have an invite link and click on it, a message will pop up, asking if you want to join a group. You’ll know the name (phone number) of its creator and the total number of members. Also, just so you know, group invites should look like this: (this is a fictive name).

Regarding WhatsApp 2.16.102 beta update, you should know that it carries build number 451186 and has a size of 28.31MB. There’s no other new feature added in this update, containing only bug fixes and performance improvements, but you may find other bugs which will be fixed by developers as soon as possible.

The new features that have been introduced in the previous updates include the possibility to reply to new messages right from notifications; to pick a photo/video from the camera roll by typing the quick camera button in a chat; to pick from a set of solid colors for your chat wallpaper; to archive, delete or mute multiple chats at once; to send formatted text by placing it between *bold*, _italics_, or ~strikethrough~.

In the near future, there will be added new features such as video calling, voice mails and users will be able to send ZIP files as attachments.