In the last few months, we’ve seen WhatsApp constantly add new features to its platform. While the focus has been on big features like group video calling, the social messaging app is also paying a lot of attention to small-time features that make things more convenient. A good example of this is the new Forwarded label added to messages that allows users to know which messages have been originally sent to them and which have simply been forwarded. Now a new new report states that WhatsApp is planning to further add to its feature set, by developing a “Mark as Read” button for notifications.
The report was published by WABetaInfo, which states to have found the feature in the new WhatsApp beta version (2.18.214) of the Android app. According to the website, the new feature will allow users to mark incoming messages as read, right from the notifications drawer.
It’s not exactly a big feature, but it’s convenient and time saving as you do not have to open the app every time you get a message. The website further states that the feature has not yet been enabled for the beta version, as it further needs improvements before being rolled-out to a larger set of users.
However, once the feature is enabled, users will see a new “Mark as Read” button, right next to the “Reply” button on the notifications drawer. We’re not sure when the feature will be launched officially, but the fact that it hasn’t been enabled to beta users yet, might mean that it could take a while.
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WhatsApp also seems to be working on adding a new “Suspicious link” detection feature, which will warn users about suspicious links that have been sent to them. The company plans to introduce the feature, in order to combat the spread of fake news, which has been plaguing the platform right now.