Trusted WhatsApp beta tester, WABetaInfo, announced that the world's most popular chat app will be adding new features to the app in due course, including colour changes to chat bubbles.
The tester pointed out that most of these features are still in development, so specifications or appearance may change over time. In addition, the features will be available on both Android and iPhone devices.
New WhatsApp features and updates
This is probably the most anticipated feature to date: the ability to use one WhatsApp account on more than one device, simultaneously. And no, we're not talking about using WhatsApp Web or Business WhatsApp.
WABeta Info shared the news with their followers, so we can expect a full report in due course. The feature has been in development for quite some time.
Back in 2019, we reported that the multi-device support feature is no longer a rumour and that it was confirmed by the WhatsApp developers team.
Then in March, WABetaInfo confirmed that a user will be notified via encryption key changes when another device is added to the account. Hopefully, we'll have confirmation of a roll-out date soon.
Image via WABetaInfo
New bubble colour in dark mode
WhatsApp is testing a new colour for the outgoing message bubble in dark mode. The current bubble features a dark green, while the new colour will be a few shades lighter.
No one knows for certain why WhatsApp developers are tweaking the bubble colour, but the WABetaInfo editor suggests it might be part of a larger update:
"Maybe are they going to use it when the user changes the contrast in the iPhone Accessibility Settings? Are they planning to introduce more different colours? This new green is the first, but it might not be the last".
Image via WABeta Info
Dark mode criticism
WhatsApp announced the dark mode feature back in 2019; but after months of waiting for the feature to roll out, some users felt that it was too little too late.
One reviewer said that it was "rather nice and certainly easier on the eyes at night", but added that it wasn't dark enough, especially on AMOLED screens.
She suggested that a "fully black" background would make it so much more pleasant to look at – especially with the different colour emojis – without draining the device's battery.
It's seems that WhatsApp was listening and are now working on the changes to improve dark mode features.
How to get dark mode
It easy to activate. Simply go to the Settings Menu, select Chats, and then Select the Dark mode from the Theme Options. It's right about the Wallpaper setting:
Image via WABeta Info
Other WhatsApp features
Other features under development at the moment, include a "Search by Date" feature, as well as new storage usage options, a "clear all messages except starred" function, and a tool to search images on the web.