WhatsApp has released a new beta 188.8.131.52 update for iOS which includes a new chat interface and the ability to set different durations for disappearing messages. WABetaInfo found that the social messaging service has added new improvements for disappearing messages on the same beta update which also brings new darker chat bubbles to iPhones. The new features will be rolled out on the app’s Android version in the coming week.
WhatsApp will allow iPhone users to manage the duration of disappearing messages
In the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS, the company has rolled out three new features. The features are also available on WhatsApp Business beta for iOS. The details of the new features are as following:
Manage duration of disappearing messages
Messages send on the app in disappearing mode are available for 7 days and automatically disappear after that. Now, the app allows users to set shorter or longer duration for disappearing messages: 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days.
Enable Default Message Timer
For new chats to start with disappearing messages, iPhone users can enable the new ‘Default Message Timer” via WhatsApp Privacy Settings. The new feature will allow users to set a time duration for the messages to disappear.
However, the new timer setting will not affect existing chats and new groups, both will not start with the default timer.
Redesigned chat bubbles
The new chat bubbles have a darker green color tone and a more rounded and larger user interface. The new design gives the chat bubble a modern/contemporary look.
Previously, WABetaInfo also found that messaging company is working on a new iPad app with multi-device 2.0 support that will allow users to link their iPad to their main device.
When you open WhatsApp on the second mobile device after some time, WhatsApp will download all messages from the server and this does not require your main phone to be connected to the Internet.
When you link your second mobile device the first time, WhatsApp will sync the chat history: this process is obviously end-to-end encrypted.