WhatsApp is Beta Testing New Security Tools and a Revamped Search Bar

As the foremost messaging platform in the world, WhatsApp is constantly trying out new things because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up keeping it competitive. It has no shortage of competitors ranging from Telegram to Signal to Discord, and constantly adding better features can make it easier to keep these rivals at bay than might have been the case otherwise.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that there are two major updates that are being beta tested for the Android version of WhatsApp. Firstly, the Meta owned instant messaging platform is a redesigned search bar.

This new search bar will take some inspiration from the Material 3 Redesign, allowing users to make more precise searches with all things having been considered and taken into account. Specifying what they are looking for can allow users to find their desired media or messages far more quickly, but this isn’t the only update that has been made available to Beta testers.

In the interests of helping its users feel a lot more secure, WhatsApp is also testing a slew of new safety tools. Whenever a user receives a message from someone that is not on their contact list, they will see a pop up that will tell they can block or report the account if it is sending them unwanted communications.

What’s more, if a user chooses to block or report an account, said account will not be notified. This will allow users to act freely without fearing for repercussions from the other party, and many are calling this a step in the right direction.

WhatsApp has already taken strides for consumer protection, including offering end to end encryption for all messages that are exchanged. These new updates will push the platform forward, although most users will have to wait a while for a wider rollout. It is currently only being offered to beta testers in order to find out if there is anything that needs changing before a public release.

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