instant messaging application, WhatsAppis testing a new feature that will allow users to see the profile picture and username of other people they share with group chat.
This information will be available next to the messages that are sent within the conversation.
According to WABetaInfo, this function is found in the update 22.214.171.124 of the beta version of the application for the operating system iOS and it is unknown if it will also be available for the version android-beta. It is also not known if it will be implemented in the next update of the application worldwide.
Currently, group chats have a different feature regarding the identification of users who share a conversation. Profile photos do not appear, members who are not part of the contact list of a user are distinguished by their number of telephone (including the country code), and a random color is assigned to each.
In the event that users have been registered in the contact list, their names will appear at the top of each message they send in the group conversation.
As with reactions to messages, a feature that is already available globally, this new functionality cannot be deactivated and it will be enabled by default for all users, as reported by WABetaInfo.
Another of the updates that is being implemented in the messaging application is that of communitiessets of users grouped by common interests, a feature similar to the one already available in Facebook.
At the moment, this functionality is in the testing phase by some users, who have version 126.96.36.199 of whatsapp-beta for Android. Although it is known that it will be progressively introduced to the list of functions of other users around the world in the coming months.
According to WABetaInfo, this will not make WhatsApp an open social network as it is. Facebookwhere you can post photos and videos, but will allow private communication with other people who are not necessarily in the close circle of contacts.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, the process of Communities implementation will be slowbut it will mean an important advance for the application.
“I think community messaging will take the basic protocols behind one-to-one messaging and extend it so that you can more easily communicate with Groups of people to do things together”, he stated in a publication on his official Facebook account.
Among the main Benefits that the Communities feature will bring to users, there are:
1. Better organize different group chats and broadcast groups around a theme.
2. Help prioritize content.
3. Announcement channels for administrators to share relevant information.
4. It has a directory of groups linked to the same community so that members of the community can easily find and join them.
5. Provides the ability for users to create new chats, make calls and add new users.