Meta-owned WhatsApp is working on a number of new features, including a document banner, calling shortcut, and pinned messages. These new features are currently available to select beta testers on WhatsApp for Android and will roll out to more users in the future version of the app. The company is also working on a new feature for iOS users that will allow them to react to messages in the group announcement community.
WhatsApp allows users to share documents and files of up to 2GB in size. The file-sharing limit was increased from 100MB to 2GB in May 2022. However, not all WhatsApp users are aware of this feature. To make users aware of this feature, the company is working on a new in-app banner feature that will be available in a future release of the app.
The banner will show on the file browsing page of the app that will inform users about the new file-sharing limit. Users can also dismiss the banner by tapping the X button on the banner. WhatsApp for Android beta version 22.214.171.124 comes with the document banner feature, according to WABetaInfo.
WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update comes with a new feature that will allow users to create a calling shortcut by tapping on a contact from their list of WhatsApp contacts. After that, a calling shortcut will appear automatically on the Home screen of their devices. As reported by WABetaInfo, this feature will help users make faster WhatsApp calls and save time, especially for those who make frequent calls to the same person.
WhatsApp Business for Android beta version 188.8.131.52 includes a new feature that allows users to pin messages in chats and groups, according to a report by WABetaInfo. This feature would be helpful for pinning important messages at the top of the chat, so other participants can easily find them later. If the recipient is using an older version of the app, it will display a message in the conversation and suggest the user upgrade their WhatsApp to the latest version.