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Hello guys and welcome to the Sammy Fans‘ dedicated WhatsApp (Beta) update hub. Here you can find the latest information on every WhatsApp Messenger (Stable & Beta) update. We will put all the features that are under development and arriving on the Android Beta channel along with version numbers.

Usually, WhatsApp releases a number of new updates on Android and iOS Beta channels in a single month in which most of the updates are covered by a dedicated blog called WABetaInfo.com. All the upcoming features come first to WhatsApp Beta testers through Google Play Store and we’ll cover them all.

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October 14, 2021

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WABetaInfo revealed that WhatsApp is working to support skin tone combinations for couples emoji. However, this feature is under development, so it’s not ready now, and it will be released in a future update on WhatsApp beta for Android.

October 10, 2021: WhatsApp starts releasing encrypted backups for Android Beta testers. Read more

October 2, 2021: WhatsApp adds new beta label to identify beta builds within WhatsApp Settings. Read more

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September 28, 2021: WhatsApp reportedly working on multi-device support with various new improvements. Read more

September 27, 2021: WhatsApp reportedly working on cashback feature to reward users for making payments. Read more

September 21, 2021: After iOS, WhatsApp Beta enables Message Reporting for Android. Read more

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July 18, 2021: WhatsApp has finally started rolling out an important feature that makes it possible to encrypt your backups. It comes with the latest WhatsApp Beta v2.21.15.5. Users will have to choose a password that will be used to encrypt their future backups.

The chosen password will always be needed to insert when the user restores a backup, otherwise, you won’t be able to restore your chat history. It’s noteworthy that this password is private and it’s not shared with WhatsApp, Facebook, Google, or Apple.

July 16, 2021: WhatsApp will soon announce the Business Directory program that’s requirements are:

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      • Use the most recent WhatsApp update available on the Play Store and App Store, when the feature will be available publicly.
      • You should include all the details about your business in your Business Profile.
      • Set the privacy setting to “everyone” for “Profile Picture”.
      • Have a business license. More details will be provided from WhatsApp when the Business Directory will be available.
      • If you meet the requirements, you will be able to apply for free to join the Business Directory, in WhatsApp Business Tools Settings.
    • WhatsApp Beta v2.21.15.4 – Download Link

July 15, 2021: WhatsApp has finally started to roll out multi-device features for specific beta testers on WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS.

    • In order to check the availability of the multi-device function of your device, just open WhatsApp Web/Desktop Settings from your Samsung Galaxy device.
    • If the feature is enabled for your WhatsApp account, you can see a new row called “Multi-device beta”.
    • WhatsApp Beta v2.21.15.3 – Download Link

Things you need to know when using multi-device beta:
  • When you join multi-device beta, all your previous sessions will be removed and you need to link your devices again. Probably WhatsApp will ask to connect your phone to WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop twice when you join the multi-device beta the first time. This is to ensure the transition to multi-device.
  • Linked devices are automatically logged out from your WhatsApp account after 14 days of inactivity on your phone, due to security reasons. So you need to use your phone at least once every 14 days.
  • Some features are not supported yet, because it’s a beta version, like the possibility to view live locations on linked devices, pinned chats don’t show up immediately but you need to manually search for them the first time and, if you use WhatsApp Business, your business name and labels cannot be edited from WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop. These small issues will be fixed in a future update.

July 14, 2021: WhatsApp beta for Android comes with a new user interface similar to Apple’s FaceTime and Ring buttons. However, the same feature was previously rolled out for WhatsApp for iOS, which brings some improvements.

July 13, 2021: Whatsapp is working on an “in-app tool” to review bans that a lot of reliable users are often banned on WhatsApp because their accounts are wrongly flagged from their automated systems.

July 10, 2021: A couple of days ago, it’s reported that WhatsApp is working to implement new real-time voice waveforms while recording voice messages. We now have a screenshot of the UI of this upcoming feature that you can see below. When the user taps the stop button, he will be able to listen to the voice message before sending it.

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July 08, 2021: WhatsApp just released a new update with version number 2.21.14.16 on the Android Beta channel. It reveals the messenger is working on image quality settings, so you will be able to send images using the best quality available. The expected image quality settings could include:

      • Auto (recommended): WhatsApp detects what is the best compression algorithm for specific images.
      • Best quality: WhatsApp will send the image using the best quality available!
      • Data saver: compression is enabled when Data saver is enabled in your Android settings.
    • WhatsApp Beta v2.21.14.16 – Download Link

Article first published on July 08, 2021 | APK download links from APKMirror

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James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Samsung Galaxy S4 and continue to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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WhatsApp bringing new stickers as part of promoting payment service in India

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WhatsApp ranks India among its major markets and often comes up with relevant local features to provide to millions of users there. The messaging service of the messaging app was tested in the country and made public publicly a long time ago, but the reception is not yet warm. To arouse the excitement surrounding the ongoing holiday season, WhatsApp is adding a total of five sticker packs with multiple cultural references around how Indians manage their money earned only by the defect.

Whether it’s a Rakhi gift or a request for Eidi, there’s a lot of fun in these stickers that will put a smile on your face or your recipients. All of these cultural details come from local artists WhatsApp collaborating (via- AndroidPolice) to create these stickers: Anjali Mehta, Anuja Pothireddy, Mira Malhotra, Neethi, and Osheen Siva.

While making payment in WhatsApp, you will now have the option to paste one of these attachments to add a personal touch to it, or you can send it free of charge, too. These new cookies are already live for anyone to download from WhatsApp, but you can check out the screenshots below before installing them.

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The idea of ​​payments included in the messaging app used by everyone was promising and could establish WhatsApp in the payment platform. However, the Facebook messaging app hosted the party late. Google Pay and PhonePe already dominate India’s UPI market, leaving little space for newcomers, even smart ones like WhatsApp.

With these new stickers, WhatsApp is trying to entice Indian users with its payment service for utility charges linked to Indian culture, be it a shagun of lifafa or earning money from your relatives as aashirwaad when they visit you. In any case, these stickers should still be fun to use or not to use WhatsApp Pay.

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WhatsApp testing new redesign picture-in-picture mode with new control bar

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WhatsApp has had picture-in-picture mode since 2018. PiP mode is simple; when someone sends you a video link from YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook, it allows you to play the video in a small floating window right inside the chat, so you don’t have to leave the chat. While this feature has remained unchanged over the years, WhatsApp is finally giving us a fix for the latest update.

According to WABetainfo, WhatsApp is exploring a new redesign of picture-in-picture mode adding a new control bar to the video player. The control bar appears at the bottom of the video and includes controls such as the pause/restart button, full-screen button, and lock button.

Previously these controls came from the video’s own feed and entered the viewing experience. But with the dedicated control bar, you now get an uninterrupted view of the video feed. You can check the shape of the new picture-in-picture mode on the screenshot attached below:

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The picture-in-picture mode redesign is coming out with the latest update of WhatsApp beta. The redesign was available on phone using the WhatsApp version beta 2.21.22.3. Not available in the stable version of WhatsApp. If you want to check it out, you will need to have the latest version of WhatsApp beta. If you are not a beta tester, you can sign up for the program. Alternatively, you can also get the APK directly in the APKMirror.

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In addition to the new picture-in-picture mode, WhatsApp works with tons of other features like allowing you to transcribe voice messages, help you find great stores and restaurants, let you hide the Last Seen status for certain contacts, and more. WhatsApp also works to allow you to transfer your conversations from Android to iOS, but there is no official name yet for when it will be available to users.

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Latest WhatsApp Android Beta adds two new media editing buttons

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A few days ago, WhatsApp has begun to roll out the latest end-to-end encrypted backup feature for iOS and Android. With this new feature, you can use a unique password or 64-bit encryption key to back up your chat backups.

Just recently, WhatsApp has released [Source – WABetaInfo] a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, which can be identified by version no 2.21.22.1. This update adds two new media editing buttons, that is Done and Undo. However, this feature is under development, so it will be available in a future update, but you can see a preview here.

After releasing newly redesigned title icons for certain parts in the 2.21.21.11 beta update, WhatsApp plans to add some small improvements when editing media. Particularly, after installing a future update, you will see two new buttons: Done and Undo.

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In the screenshot, you can clearly see the difference between the current behavior and the behavior implemented in future updates, you need to press Done to use another drawing tool, and you can restore the previous state by pressing Undo.

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Notably, the undo button is already available normally, but WhatsApp plans to add it to restore the previous text. WhatsApp started to develop this feature in the 2.21.22.1 beta update, but these buttons will be available in future updates. Unfortunately, we don’t know when the company will launch its stable update.

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