Today’s story covers the latest beta release dropped by the instant messaging platform, Facebook-owned Whatsapp.
We will be covering the beta release of a major mode released by Whatsapp for Android and WhatsApp for Apple’s iOS, which it has finally dropped since it surfaced last year.
We will also fill you in with the latest developments going on by Whatsapp.
Whatsapp’s ‘Vacation Mode’ Beta Version is Finally Here
Firstly, thanks to WABetaInfo, we finally have our hands on the new updates dropped by WhatsApp on its latest and exciting new beta version, which finally launches the highly anticipated ‘Vacation Mode’.
Before getting into the details of the Vacation Mode, let’s dive into some technical details first.
As informed by WABetaInfo,
- The latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android is 126.96.36.199, while
- That WhatsApp Messenger beta is v188.8.131.52.
Please note that the features of these updates can be accessed by anyone who have signed up to test WhatsApp beta versions on either of the two platforms.
What is Vacation Mode?
The Vacation Mode, re-launched in the latest Android v184.108.40.206 lets you to ignore your ‘Archived Chats’, by keeping it stacked up at the bottom of your screen, even if a new message pops from that sender.
Let us elaborate.
Whatsapp provides you with an ‘Archived Chats’ feature, which allows you to hide an individual or group chat from your chats list to better organize your conversations.
It is to be noted here that doing so shall not delete the chat.
Until now (currently), if you have a contact/group archived (because you want it ignored), the chat goes to the bottom of your Whatsapp message list.
However, as soon as that particular sender sends you a message, the archived chat pops up to the top of the list, notifying a new message from the sender.
Now, with the Vacation Mode, you can enable the option of keeping the archived chats stuck at the bottom of your list, even if the sender sends you a new message, for however long you want.
As a user, you will have the option of either enabling this, or letting archived chats come to the top of the window as a new WhatsApp message arrives.
Everything will be under your discretion.
Other Features Worked on by Whatsapp
- Improvements made to WhatsApp Pay
- Working to improve download speed for images, videos and GIFs
- Work under progress on ‘Expiring Messages’ feature
- WhatsApp is currently also working on allowing a user to join a group call, if it is still active at the time, challenging the likes of platforms like Zoom.