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WhatsApp submitted beta Android 2.18.373 update on Google Play Beta Program

WhatsApp started testing all new 'Multi Share File' feature and a group calling shortcut in previous versions.

  • Published: December 6, 2018 8:21 PM IST
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WhatsApp has submitted a new Android beta update on Google Play. The new version of WhatsApp for Android brings the app to 2.18.373 version. Spotted by WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp Android beta in the Google Play Beta Program had started testing all new ‘Multi Share File’ feature and a group calling shortcut in previous versions, but these are not available yet in the new update.

Facebook-owned messaging platform is expected to add these feature and more improvements in the next updates. As of now, the feature reportedly needs improvements before it rolls out to everyone.

WABetaInfo notes that you need to use the “Share” (sharing text from another app) native feature and it will allow you to see the preview of the text you are sharing. It’s said to be compatible with link preview and you’ll be able to share it with two or more contacts. This feature works exactly like the Multi Share Text.

The instant messaging service could soon roll out an update that brings ‘dark mode’ to the app as well. This will allow users to set a dark theme for the app on their smartphones, similar to what apps such as Telegram and YouTube currently offer.

The advantages of dark mode can be seen in battery life on the phone, especially if you use WhatsApp a lot. Darker colors on screen are easier to power, and therefore users with a lot of WhatsApp usage will see a difference in battery life on dark mode. Apart from this, a dark theme will be easier on the eyes and will be better tuned to dark themes on smartphones. Currently, WhatsApp uses a default white background on both iOS and Android.

  • Published Date: December 6, 2018 8:21 PM IST