In a quest to elevate its user experience, WhatsApp is experimenting with exciting new features including unique usernames and screen sharing, according to inside reports by WABetaInfo. These additions, surfacing in the beta versions of WhatsApp, seem poised to add an intriguing dimension to the app's functionalities.
The spotlight is on the unique username feature, sighted in the Android beta version 126.96.36.199. This feature is designed to allow WhatsApp users to pick a distinctive username tied to their account. It holds the potential to shift the traditional approach to finding contacts on WhatsApp - moving from phone number-based to username-based identification. Plus, users can rest assured about their privacy, as all conversations initiated via a username will be secured with end-to-end encryption.
Android beta testers exploring the 188.8.131.52 version have also stumbled upon a screen sharing feature. Once the screen sharing button is engaged, users can approve and start displaying the content on their screen during video calls. Additionally, this feature seems to record the shared portion of the call, a detail captured in screenshots.
Meanwhile, a unique "status archive" setting is also making its way to some beta users. Primarily targeting businesses, this function allows statuses to be archived after their 24-hour lifespan and then be re-circulated later on.
Stay tuned to see how these promising features will transform the way you use WhatsApp!