instant messaging application, WhatsApptests a number of new features in the beta versions of the platform for systems Android and iOS before its global public release to users, so it’s common for some people to have access to features new ahead of time.
A update of this version, dedicated solely to users of the Android operating system, would allow the members of chat groups on the platform they create surveys and include up to twelve options in them, although this figure could be modified in the future.
According to the WABetaInfo website, the functionality was in development since April 2022 by the WhatsApp team and was included in the 220.127.116.11 update of the WhatsApp. beta version of the applicationalthough at that time you could only see what the survey creation window would look like, which includes a name section and an options section.
The messaging platform recently developed a way to access this function via the ‘attach’ buttonlocated inside the text writing area, right next to the device’s camera access button.
Within the options of records that can be attached, within a chat group you can find Documents, Camera, Gallery, Audio, Location, Contact and the latest feature: Poll.
Although this update is available for some users of the Android operating systemthe launch date of the messaging application to the global public is unknown, although the arrival of this feature to the users could be expected. iOS devices coming soon.
WhatsApp data backup
WhatsApp app is also developing new features in addition to the creation of surveys. One of them, also in the testing phase in the beta version of the platform also for Android devices, consists of creating an option to export data to google drive.
As reported by WABetaInfo, the update 18.104.22.168 of the beta version of WhatsApp for Android already included a button to ‘export data’ to Google Drive to keep conversation data safe, including photos, videos and audio; and not rely on internal backup versions within devices.
However, the later update 22.214.171.124. of WhatsAppalso for Android contains a new function called ‘import backup’, which would be designed to download to a new device Android the information that was exported to Google Drive.
In this way, the whatsapp app would be designing functionalities aimed at the security of the information contained in users’ conversations so that you have more control over what you want to back up and access in the future, whether on a new Android device or even iOSwhen this feature reaches users of that operating system.
Temporary messages on WhatsApp
WhatsApp is also developing a feature that will allow users of a chat, be it personal or group, to save temporary messages in a section called ‘saved’ different from the featured messages that is currently available to users around the world.
The expiration date of each of the temporary messages will be paused, so that important temporary messages can be read again as long as you have the authorization of the user who issued it, who also has the ability to delete messages from the new section.
Similarly, to improve the use of this function, WhatsApp is in the testing phase of the update 126.96.36.199 of the application, which includes a function that will prevent messages that were saved and later deleted from being included in the new section again.
“The author of this message has stopped saving it, so no one else can save it again in this conversation”, will be the pop-up message that users will see if they try to perform this action.
Like the other updates mentioned above, the release date of these features to the global version of WhatsApp for Android or iOS devices is not known.