WhatsApp has not been slowing down with the improvements it plans to add to the platform. The company has regularly been releasing new features over the past several weeks. Now, a new beta version of the app shows the company is testing the ability to create polls in group chats.
WhatsApp working on the ability to create polls for iOS
As reported by WABetainfo, version 126.96.36.199 of the instant messaging app features the ability to create polls. As of now, the feature is under development so it is not available for public beta testers to try. In a screenshot shared by the publication, we can see that users will be able to enter a question on the poll to send in a group chat.
Thanks to polls, you can ask for a question and other people can vote the answer. Note that polls will only be available in WhatsApp groups and they are end-to-end encrypted… even your answers! So only people in the group can see the poll and the results.
Currently, we do not know additional details about polls like if there will be a limit of answers, how long users can take to vote, etc. More details will likely become available in the coming weeks.
Recently, the company has made several changes to the platform to improve users’ experience like the ability to pause a voice recording and continue it later without having to record another message, proper support for Focus mode, displaying the profile photo of a user when you receive a notification and a new “voice message player” which allows users to listen to voice messages in any part of the app.
WhatsApp is also readying a ton of features to launch in the future like a new UI design to make the user interface cleaner, the ability to migrate chat history from Android to iOS, and a new reactions feature. Message reactions are reported to be available in individual chat threads and group chat threads allowing users to react to a message using different emojis.
The company is also testing a new ‘Community’ feature which will allow users to add and host multiple chat groups through a single Community chat group and an ‘Undo’ feature for status updates and more.