04 January 2021
WhatsApp has been spotted beta testing not one but a total of three new features. These are related to muting video before sending, reading messages later, and wallpaper support. These beta features are under testing on Android and iOS platforms with availability limited to select users.
The first feature in the line is the ability to mute videos ahead of sharing them. It can be beneficial in various situations, especially for the videos that users record themselves. Such videos end up having sounds that do not actually add anything good to the video. As for muting the video, the user will simply need to tap on the volume icon below the video trimming interface.
The next WhatsApp feature under beta testing is called Read Later. It will essentially replace the currently available Archive Chats functionality. This will let users keep chats separate from the main conversations for which they do not want to receive notifications. Once a chat is selected, notifications will stop arriving even if you have not muted it. One new addition is that users will be able to choose whether archived chats should stay there or become a part of the main chats interface after receiving new messages.
Lastly, WhatsApp is working on adding new wallpapers to the application. There are said to be 32 new Bright wallpapers and 29 new dark wallpapers along with Solid wallpapers and custom wallpaper. It will let users set different wallpapers for each conversation as well as adjust the opacity.