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WhatsApp’s New Beta Shows in-app Browser

The beta is open for user-testing through the Google Play Beta Programme

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Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has submitted the beta version of its next update that supports an in-app browser, a feature which is still under development.

WhatsApp version 2.19.74 would show the in-app browser every time the user tries to open a link shared over the app, WABetaInfo reported on Friday.

“If you choose to use the in-app browser when it will be available in future, you should not worry because WhatsApp or Facebook would not be able to access your search history because the feature uses an Android Application Programming Interface (API), so everything is managed by the system,” the report said.

The feature is also being built to detect unsafe pages using the “Safe Browsing” feature which was added to Android 8.1 last year. It would alert users when a page is infected with malicious content.

“In the current stage of development, WhatsApp doesn’t allow to natively make screenshots or video captures while using the in-app browser: reasons are unknown and we don’t know if this will change before the release of the feature,” the report noted.

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FILE – The WhatsApp icon is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. VOA

The feature is not available as yet and it will require Android 4.1 or newer to function.

“WhatsApp is intentioned to enable this feature for everyone, but this is a great news that confirms their interest for the Android platform,” the report added.

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The beta is open for user-testing through the Google Play Beta Programme.

“Welcome to the testing program. You are now a tester. You’ll receive an update to the WhatsApp Messenger app. You can leave the testing programme at any time,” company’s note for willing testers on the PlayStore reads. (IANS)

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Posting a torn photo of WhatsApp logo, a person tweeted "Whatsapp Media Sharing is down from past 45 minutes Oh my god! Unable to send any photos or videos. Are you facing it too? If yes which country are you from?"

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

Looks like Facebook’s popularly owned online messaging app WhatsApp is currently experiencing issues in some regions around the world.

#whatsappdown trended on twitter with 8,246 Tweets as a Alarge number of reports from users stated that WhatsApp is currently down or not working.

Many WhatsApp users taking to Twitter complained about facing an issue with sending & receiving messages.

Taking to the social networking app, Twitter a user posted “Facing issues while sending media files, from Andhra Pradesh.”

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Another user, asking people about the WhatsApp being down said “Is it just me or WhatsApp is Temporarily down, cause my photos, GIFs, and voice note fail to deliver. Any other person with this issue? #whatsappdown”

“RIP WhatsApp. Impossible mandate file multimedia #whatsappdown,” wrote a user.

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Sharing the photo of Whatsapp logo, a user said “I am facing difficulty for WhatsApp media sharing, I can’t send even a voice message media sharing WhatsApp is down now are you facing this problem #whatsappdown.”

Posting a torn photo of WhatsApp logo, a person tweeted “Whatsapp Media Sharing is down from past 45 minutes Oh my god! Unable to send any photos or videos. Are you facing it too? If yes which country are you from?” (IANS)