WhatsApp started to roll out a new v126.96.36.199 update to Android users on the Beta channel. The release indicates that WhatsApp is working on introducing a caption that marks chats as end-to-end encrypted in a future app update.
WABetaInfo managed to access the WhatsApp feature in the latest Beta build. The screenshot displays a new caption to assist users involved in an end-to-end encrypted conversation. It is to reassure users that their private messages remain inaccessible to unauthorized parties.
In particular, the new change consists of a padlock icon with the label “End-to-End Encrypted” prominently displayed within the top app bar. While existing chats are already end-to-end encrypted, the UI will join with future update for additional transparency.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52: what's new?
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) January 26, 2024
At present, the encrypted chat caption is under development. While some Beta testers have got the indicator on the latest build, a wider rollout will follow shortly. Stay tuned with us to get updated with the latest WhatsApp insights alongside the Samsung and Android ecosystem.
WhatsApp starts releasing a passkey feature for iOS
After a long testing procedure, WhatsApp has finally started releasing the most useful and prominent passkey feature for iOS. This feature is designed to offer users an additional layer of security and convenience in accessing their accounts. However, it is already available for Android users.
As per the details, WhatsApp is rolling out a passkey feature for iOS with version 184.108.40.206, also, it’s an optional element providing users with flexibility. Hence, if you don’t feel the need to keep your WhatsApp account screened or secure, then you can keep it disabled, and can also enable it anytime.
But, keeping the passkey enabled will enhance both the security and convenience of user accounts, as it introduces an alternative layer of authentication. By eliminating the necessity for a 6-digit code each time users access their accounts, this feature improves the login process, saving time and effort.
In addition, it aligns with modern authentication methods, enhancing user-friendliness and intuitiveness. This process also caters to user needs and circumstances, making the authentication process faster and enhancing the overall user experience.
Furthermore, the passkey feature is currently rolling out for iOS beta testers and will be available for general consumers in the coming weeks.
Passkey is a more secure way to log into your WhatsApp account. It enables users to use biometric or facial recognition methods instead of passwords. Once a passkey is configured, it will be automatically saved to the iCloud Keychain, allowing users to log into WhatsApp more seamlessly.
Samsung AR Emoji Editor March 2024 Update: Revamped eye/eyebrows and more
Samsung AR Emoji Editor has received the March 2024 update, which significantly improves the overall experience. The latest version of the update is 6.1.00.8 and is available on the Galaxy Store with an installation package size of 196.74MB.
The fresh update of Samsung AR Emoji Editor introduces refined designs for eyes and eyebrows, giving users more expressive avatars. Additionally, the update has improved facial expressions, which allows for a wider range of emotions to be captured and conveyed through the AR Emoji.
Users of Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 12 to Android 14 are receiving the Samsung AR Emoji Editor app March 2024 update. It is rolling out gradually so it may take some hours or days to reach all eligible devices.
To check and install the update, you just need to visit the Galaxy Store app >> Menu option >> Updates. Also, you can check the update from the third-party app source link mentioned here.
— Samsung Software Updates (@SamsungSWUpdate) March 4, 2024
Android Auto adds a new feature to show which apps work only when parked
Google is enhancing some functions of the Android Auto app through a new update. The app allows you to use your smartphone apps on your car’s display. Now, the latest update of Android Auto comes with a new feature that shows which apps are only functional when the car is parked.
Some apps on Android Auto, such as GameSnacks, are created to provide entertainment or utility when the vehicle is stopped and parked. However, these apps are not accessible when the car is in motion, and you would get an error message if you tried to open them.
To make it easier for users to identify which apps are park-only, Android Auto now displays a “P” icon on the app icons. This way, you can avoid tapping on apps that won’t work while driving.
This feature is available in Android Auto version 11.4, which was first spotted by SmartDroid. The update is rolling out so you need to check the Play Store to install it. Android Auto is compatible with most Android phones and cars that support it.