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Here's why WhatsApp Beta is showing you cryptic timestamps

The bug impacts only the WhatsApp beta version for Android.

  • Published: April 13, 2018 12:39 PM IST
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WhatsApp beta is for interested users or developers to test out some of the new features before they are rolled out to the masses. The beta version is to ensure the changes are implemented smoothly. However, in its latest beta version, a strange bug has been discovered which is messing up the timestamp of messages.

In the latest WhatsApp update version 2.18.109, the ‘mysterious bug’ is making the sent date or day appear incorrectly inside the app. In the main chat window, next to your list of active conversations is the time or day the last message was exchanged.

Owing to the bug, if the last message was exchanged in less than an hour (60 minutes) of time, then it is shown correctly. However, for messages which are exchanged more than 60 minutes ago, it is shown as 84oday, instead of ‘Today’. For messages which are exchanged a day before, the timestamp is shown as 89esterday and not ‘Yesterday’.

Essentially, the bug is adding digits before the words ‘today’ or ‘yesterday’. According to a report on WABetaInfo, the issue is impacting only the sent day stamp. It is unclear as to what is causing the bug. Users, who are on beta versions, have taken to social media to highlight the issue. A Twitter user, Federico Sabbioni, has pointed out that first character of the ‘sent day’ is being replaced by the ASCII code of that letter.

The ASCII code for the alphabets T and Y are represented by 84 and 89, respectively. This is the reason why the words ‘Today’ and ‘Yesterday’ appear cryptic. Given that the issue plagues the beta version, it is expected that the company will roll out a fix before the new update reaches the masses.

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As for the latest update, WhatsApp has added the ability to add a description to a group conversation. The ability to easily switch between voice and video calls has also been added. Another feature which is new in the beta version is that you can now search the list of group participants from the group info section.

  • Published Date: April 13, 2018 12:39 PM IST