Whatsapp Beta v2.20.110 hints at upcoming multi-device support and expiring messages
WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app. But it has several limitations as compared to other messengers that bind you to a particular phone or Android tablet. This may change soon as WhatsApp is reportedly working on support for simultaneous usage on multiple devices. Other than supporting multiple devices, WhatsApp might also allow users to send self-expiring messages in the near future.
In the latest WhatsApp beta version 2.20.110, WABetaInfo discovered new references to multiple device support. WhatsApp appears to be working on this new feature that will allow users to log into the same WhatsApp account on different devices. They will be able to chat using the same account on more than one device at the same time. Unlike WhatsApp Web or desktop apps, this feature would not require a host and a dependent device and it will be available on both Android and iOS.
Every time a new device is added to an account, the encryption keys will update in response to the change. All of the user’s contacts will be notified of this change, although the messages might be different for stable and for beta versions of WhatsApp.
The feature is still under development and will be available in the future.
We’ve been hearing about WhatsApp’s intention to add self-destructing messages. The “Disappearing Messages” feature was first reported last October and was only applicable to groups. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, the feature was spotted again, this time with a different name – “Delete messages,” and with support for private conversations besides group chats. Now, the feature has popped up again; it is now called “Expiring messages” and is now targetted at both – groups and private messages.
Expiring messages can be visible for either 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month and the messages disappear from the chat automatically after the completion of this duration. In previous versions, there was a “1 hour” option as well but, it now appears to have been removed.
Expiring Messages are only visible to administrators in the group. For individual chats, a timer icon will be used to represent that the feature has been toggled on. This icon can be seen along with the profile picture in the chat list and inside the chat and also on each chat bubble.
Like Multiple device support, Expiring messages are also under development and may be available in the future.
Video status limitations in India
In India, WhatsApp is apparently limiting the duration of the video status to 15 seconds and videos longer than that will not be published. This is apparently to prevent local servers from overloading amidst the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can no longer send videos to WhatsApp Status if they are longer than 16 seconds: only videos having a duration of 15 seconds will be allowed.
This is happening in India and it’s probably an initiative to reduce the traffic on the server infrastructures.
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 28, 2020
This limit is likely to revert back after the lockdown ends.