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WhatsApp is working on five new features: Redesigned chat bubbles, and more

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  • WhatsApp has been seen working on a handful of new features in recent weeks.
  • Some of these features are presently in development, while others are reportedly being tested in beta form.
  • Most recently, WhatsApp was spotted testing Instagram Reels integration on the platform.

WhatsApp is working on a new feature called Reaction Notifications. This feature will let users manage how reaction notifications work. The blog site said that in particular, ‘WhatsApp is working on new settings to disable reaction notifications or change their tone.’

Just like Message and Group notification settings, Reaction Notifications settings will get two sets of controls. First will be the toggle button that will enable users to enable or disable notifications for Message Reactions. The second setting will enable users to pick the kind of tone that they want WhatsApp to play for Message Reactions. WhatsApp users can pick between WhatsApp’s library of shorter Alert Tones and longer Classic tones. These options are similar to what WhatsApp offers for Message Notifications and Group Notifications.

New Disappearing mode

The Company is already rolled out the Disappearing Messages feature last year, and it is now planning to expand this ability. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with WaBetaInfo confirmed that WhatsApp will introduce a disappearing mode, which will let users enforce disappearing messages across all chat threads.

Currently, users need to turn on the disappearing feature manually. Once you enable it, the feature allows messages to be deleted after a fixed time period. The Facebook-owned platform hasn’t provided details on whether users will get the timer option with the new disappearing mode.

Missed group calls

According to reports, the Facebook-owned company is also said to be working on a feature that will allow users to join group calls that they might have missed. The feature was first spotted on the beta version on Android.

WhatsApp has started rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups to its Android and iOS users across the globe. This feature was announced last month and it is now available to users globally. It will enable WhatsApp users to encrypt their chat backups with the same encryption technique that WhatsApp users to secure chats on its platform.

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