The capabilities have been spotted in the latest beta version of the service and are aimed at making it more convenient to use for the masses.
Here is all you need to know about it.
As reported by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp will soon have the ability to forever keep chats muted.
Currently, the platform offers options to mute for eight hours, a week, and a year, but soon, the yearly option will be replaced with a new 'Always' toggle.
The move makes sense considering most of us use the yearly option only when we want to keep someone muted permanently.
Next up, the Facebook-owned company appears to be exploring the idea of hidden calling buttons for verified business accounts.
The beta release discovered by the tipster found that the voice and video calling buttons were missing from the Chat and Contact Info screens of verified businesses, which, as many know, are mostly answered by automated chatbots and not humans.
The storage usage section of WhatsApp also appears to be getting a makeover.
With the new version, you not just get to see chat-wise storage utilization for each contact but also a graphic representation of how much storage has been taken by WhatsApp media and other files.
There are also new 'Suggested clean up' and 'Large files' sections for easy deletion of unnecessary/large files.
Finally, the photo editor of WhatsApp will get media guidelines that will help you align content more effectively.
The feature is minor but will come handy while editing photos and ensuring the text or object (like a sticker) of the image appears in the center and not disproportionately.
Last year, the service was also reported to be working on a Boomerang-like feature.
All these features are coming with beta version v188.8.131.52 of WhatsApp for Android. However, it must be noted that updating to this version doesn't immediately guarantee the features. They could take some time to appear. Also, there is no word on the stable release yet.
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