When it comes to texting or file sharing, there is hardly any app that can do justice to the tasks as good as WhatsApp. However, there are certain incongruities when we compare the UI of the application on iOS and on Android versions. Developers are incessantly working towards bettering the app.
A WABetaInfo report suggests that the navigation tabs of WhatsApp may soon move to the bottom of the application. The report suggests that the decision to go ahead with revamping the UI is primarily in response to requests from users to redesign the interface.
To promote consistency across all mobile platforms, Meta is working on a navigation bar that would appear on the WhatsApp Android App along the lines of how it appears on iOS devices. Presently, users can navigate through the Calls, Chats and Status sections by swiping. These options are visible on the top section of the app. Clicking on the three dots in the top right corner gives access to other options like Communities, Settings, Payments, etc. The latest change in design will facilitate intra-app navigation by bringing the ‘calls’, ‘chats’, ‘statuses’ and ‘communities’ sections together. This will especially be helpful to people using large phones enabling them to navigate through the options using one hand.
There is still no clarity on whether the bottom navigation tab will have the swipe feature or not similar to Android. This new bar is presently under development. The latest version of WhatsApp Beta for Android (v126.96.36.199) showcased this change and might soon be accessible to the stable version.
Apart from this, Meta is developing a Privacy Feature for WhatsApp users. Engineers at the social media tech giant have been working on new features like enabling users to lock private chats, video messaging for iPhone users, the ability to send voice notes as status updates, the ability to approve new group participants, and more.
Recently, admins and users in group chats got access to a bunch of privacy features. It also increased the group size limit by 2X (512 to 1024). These up-to-date WhatsApp privacy features are accessible on a variety of devices, including Android, iOS, desktop, and the web.