WhatsApp is regularly granted updates that bolster the app’s already hefty functionality.
However, before all users are able to take advantage of new features, WhatsApp typically adds forthcoming functions to the beta version of its software.
This not only allows the firm to ensure new tools run as smooth as possible when they debut for all fans, but it also provides an early glimpse at future upgrades.
WABetaInfo is an outlet that dedicates itself to finding new WhatsApp features in early versions of the app.
Back in May the publication reported two fresh features were likely to arrive in a new WhatsApp beta.
The first of these was displayed to be a new QR code system that allows users to share their contact information more easily.
Essentially, it was noted if the user activates the new function they are presented with a QR code that others can scan.
WABetaInfo noted the QR code can be revoked at any time, allowing fans to stop others trying to request their details.
When it initially detailed the QR tool, WABetaInfo noted it was not currently available in a WhatsApp beta.
However, the firm has since released a new early version of the programme, 2.19.151, that contains it.
The second feature present in 2.19.151 is sure to be much more controversial amongst fans.
WhatsApp launched a function dubbed Status back in 2017 that attempted to replicate a feature offered by Snapchat called Stories.
The tool allows users to capture either still images or video and showcase it on their profile.
Such content can be annotated with a variety of different items and will disappear after 24 hours.
While sharing Status content had previously been limited to just WhatsApp, the new beta for the programme also allows fans to send it to Facebook.
In beta 2.19.151, an “add to Facebook Story” button will appear in the Status section of WhatsApp.
However, it is worth noting this will only be displayed if Facebook is installed on the device in question.
Such an addition appears represent closer ties between WhatsApp and Facebook; the social media giant plans to allow users on both platforms, and Instagram, to cross-message each other in the future.
Speaking with The Verge, WhatsApp stated the ability to send stories to Facebook does not link user accounts between the two services.
Following the emergence of the new feature in the latest WhatsApp beta, a number of fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
One said: “Facebook, but why?”
Another wrote: “do not do that.”
A third user noted: “That means this the first step to integrate WhatsApp Facebook and Instagram as reported earlier in some news.”
In response, a WhatsApp user declared: “If it happens, I wont use it anymore.”
Although the two features highlighted above are present in the newest WhatsApp beta, it is unclear if or when they will arrive for all users.