05 November 2020
WhatsApp is reportedly working on at least two new features for its Android application. The first one is related to biometric authentication and the second one is about the ability to join missed group calls. WhatsApp Android users will soon be able to use face unlock as an authentication method.
As of now, WhatsApp for Android supports only the fingerprint scanner for user authentication purposes. It means if you have a device with good enough face unlock like Google's Pixel lineup, you still cannot use that feature with the app. It is expected to change in the near future as WhatsApp has been spotted testing face unlock support on Android.
The current "Fingerprint lock" feature will be renamed to "Biometric lock" once this new feature becomes available for everyone. This will represent that users can choose to unlock WhatsApp using both fingerprint and face lock. If both of these fail for any reason, the app will look for other unique identifiers if available.
The next new WhatsApp feature is all about making the group calling experience smooth. It will essentially allow users to join group calls if they missed them in the beginning. They will be able to do so by opening WhatsApp and tapping on the group call invite to join instantly. It goes without saying that the particular group call should be going on at that moment for the user to join.
Both of these features are currently under development. It is hard to say when WhatsApp will make them available for everyone but whenever it does, we will keep you updated.