WhatsApp Update: ‘Screen-sharing’ Feature Now Being Tested by Android Beta Users


WhatsApp is introducing an exciting new ‘screen-sharing’ feature, adding it to a slew of recent enhancements to the app. As of now, this functionality is being rolled out to Android beta testers. A reshuffling of tabs within the bottom navigation bar is also underway.

According to the tech website WABetaInfo, the new screen-sharing feature will allow users to share their screens seamlessly during a video call. This feature is akin to what’s already available in Google Meet and Zoom meetings.

However, it’s worth noting that this feature might not be compatible with older versions of Android and may not function optimally during large group calls. Users with outdated WhatsApp versions may also face issues accessing content shared through screen-sharing.

To activate the feature, users must grant permission to share screen content. Those who update to the latest WhatsApp beta version might also notice slight changes related to the new bottom navigation bar.

Remarkably, the arrangement of some tabs within this bar has been changed. For certain users, the new bottom navigation bar now features the following tabs: Chats, Calls, Communities, and Status.

In addition, WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is in the process of developing a “WhatsApp usernames” feature. This will allow users to pick unique usernames for their accounts.

This feature aims to lessen dependence on phone numbers when identifying contacts, allowing users to choose unique, easy-to-remember usernames. Furthermore, WhatsApp could allow users to reach others within the app simply by entering these usernames, eliminating the need to know their phone numbers.


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