Whatsapp update brings 4 new features in next 4 weeks

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Whatsapp introduced communities and also introduced four new features in group chats. All information here.

In the coming weeks, WhatsApp will be

four new features

present, which should serve as a basis for a deeper innovation: the launch of

Whatsapp communities.

Before the launch of Whatsapp communities, Whatsapp introduces several new features in group chats. These should create the basis of communities and allow users to better share content and avoid a potential flood of group chats with messages. According to WhatsApp, the following features will be available in the coming weeks:

  • Reactions:

    Users can react to messages with emojis to express their opinion on a chat message in a very short way without having to compose a new chat message.

  • Delete by administrator:

    Group admins have the ability to delete irrelevant or problematic messages in group chats, making them invisible to all users.

  • Share files:

    In the future, files up to 2GB in size can be shared via group chats. This should, among other things, facilitate joint work on projects.

  • Larger groups on voice calls:

    It is not always possible to clarify everything in writing with chat messages. A voice chat is often helpful. Whatsapp increases the number of users who can participate in such a voice call at the same time up to 32 participants. There is also a completely redesigned interface for voice calls.


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Whatsapp users will receive these features in the coming weeks

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The first reports of the introduction of Whatsapp communities were already in November 2021, when in the source code

relevant clues found
been. Multiple group chats will be combined into a single community via Whatsapp communities and group admins should be able to manage groups more easily.

In

a blog post
Whatsapp now officially comments on these “Whatsapp communities” and explains:

“They will bring together different groups on WhatsApp under one roof and organize them in a meaningful way. Members will receive information that will be sent to the wider community and can open smaller discussion groups on their own topics.

All messages exchanged in these communities are protected by end-to-end encryption, so members of a community can be sure that their messages cannot be read by outsiders.

There will also be full management functions for communities. Like sending announcements to all members and controlling which groups can be included in a community. These features are intended to make it easier for school administrators, for example to provide important information to parents and to create groups for special classes, extracurricular activities or volunteers.

In the blog post, Whatsapp also takes a look at the competition. That is why it is written there:

“While other apps allow chatting with tens of thousands of participants, we focus on supporting groups that are part of our daily lives.”

WhatsApp does not disclose when WhatsApp communities can start. We are still at the beginning and creating the new features required for them will be one of the main areas of work for the coming year.

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