- WhatsApp developing a broadcast channel feature with 12 new features for Android users.
- Users can create public channels with full-width messaging interfaces and verification badges.
- Enhanced user control with mute shortcuts, follower count display, and reporting options.
According to a report by platform tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is currently developing a broadcast channel conversation feature for Android users, which will come with twelve new features. The platform, owned by Meta, will allow users to create public channels where anyone can discover and view shared content. The channels will have a full-width messaging interface within the conversation and may receive a green checkmark verification badge, although the process for requesting verification remains unclear.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124: what's new?— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 11, 2023
WhatsApp is working on a feature to introduce channels, and it will be available in a future update of the app!https://t.co/LzlHVqKdrf pic.twitter.com/ej8HMZarqB
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199: what's new?— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 13, 2023
WhatsApp is working on a broadcast channel conversation and 12 features for channels, available in a future update of the app!!https://t.co/CubSUxjbMl pic.twitter.com/7zrZMCwFVo
To provide more information about the channels, WhatsApp will display the approximate number of followers beneath the channel name, while the accurate number will be shown in the channel info window along with the channel description. The platform aims to improve user control over channel notifications by introducing a mute shortcut accessible from the channel header. Additionally, an extra toggle will be available for easily muting the channel. The channels might also support handles, which would further enhance user engagement.
In addition to these features, WhatsApp plans to introduce three new shortcuts: one for unfollowing a channel, one for forwarding channel content, and another for sharing the channel with others. Furthermore, users will have the option to report a channel in case of policy violations, ensuring a safer and more regulated environment within the platform.
WhatsApp continues to innovate and enhance its features, providing users with more control and options for interacting with channels. The upcoming broadcast channel conversation feature for Android users showcases the platform’s commitment to improving user experience and expanding its capabilities. With these updates, WhatsApp aims to offer a more engaging and customizable channel experience, while also maintaining a safe and policy-compliant environment for its users.